A lack of chips, and even tougher pressure on electric mobility, personnel changes in Volkswagen Group management at the end of the year, which will directly affect the domestic Škoda, as well as the F1 monopost on the Charles Bridge and the final end of the motorway posters. We give you an overview of the events that moved the automotive world in 2021.
Trucks transport Škoda cars to the airport in Hradec Kralove. The automaker stores cars there, and their production cannot be completed due to the loss of chips. | Photo: ČTK
lack of chips…
The first reports that automakers were experiencing a shortage of semiconductor components appeared in December 2020. At that time, the Volkswagen Group extended factory-wide holidays, for example at its Wolfsburg plant, until mid-January. The problems were expected to subside within six to nine months, but they did not.
The problem was initially the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as automakers slashed production to help prevent the spread of disease, shortening chip orders and consumer electronics manufacturers consumption. But then other events came: the semiconductor factory fire in Japan, the frost in Texas, the anti-epidemic shutdown in Southeast Asia … As a result, the semiconductor shortage has persisted and will continue for the next year.
Because of him, car manufacturers, including Škoda, had to significantly reduce production and sometimes even stop it. Unfinished airport cars and large parking lots were damaged.
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