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Damage eliminates further transformations.  Due to chip shortage, closing will start before mass holiday

Damage eliminates further transformations. Due to chip shortage, closing will start before mass holiday

Before the mass holiday at Škoda Auto, scheduled for the first two weeks of August, a number of other shifts will be cancelled. The summer shutdown of production will begin before the holiday. The main reason, said the weekly Škodovácký odborář, was the lack of parts.

The company also needs to vacate the production halls for scheduled maintenance. “For all shifts canceled after the date of the collective leave, the KOVO unions negotiated a hitch on the part of the employer with a wage compensation of 85 percent of the average wage,” said Jaroslav Povchik, Chairman of the Labor Council. For example, extraordinary annual bonuses are included in the average wage.

In the last week of July, i.e. the week before the group holiday, several rounds of all three Czech races will be cancelled. Production is scheduled to be halted at Mladá Boleslav on Wednesday afternoon shift in most operations, production will stop on Wednesday at 22:00 on MBI and MBII lines, MBI and MBII welding shops and in the B. paint shop on Thursday night shift.

Even in Kvasiny, pre-holiday production is scheduled to be halted for Wednesday afternoon. Shifts have been canceled in the last week of July in Vrchlabí.

Car production will start in Mulda Boleslav and Kvasini after the mass night shift from Sunday to Monday, August 16. In some processes and other exchange systems, the start of production is different. And unions expect continued limited production in some factories.

Due to a lack of chips used by the automaker for its internal electronics, production was halted almost for two weeks in early June and July. During the outage, employees received wage compensation of 85 percent of the average salary. The damage disrupted some production shifts even before.

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Chips are used by car manufacturers in on-board electronics; Not only Škoda Auto has a problem, but all the car manufacturers in the world. Demand for chips exceeds supply, and chip production has been complicated, among other things, by winter snowstorms in Texas, as large chip manufacturers have had to stop or reduce production. The coronavirus pandemic is also affected by chip shortages.

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