Four vehicle factories paralyze or reduce their activity due to Filomena

Updated:12/01/2021 01:03h

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Up to four automobile plants have seen their activity affected due to the squall Filomento. The worst hit have been the PSA Peugeot facilities in Villaverde (Madrid), which manufactures the new Citroën C4, as well as those of Iveco in the capital, which in both cases have had to temporarily paralyze their assembly lines.

Iveco, which produces the Trakker, Stralis and S-Way truck models in the city, will maintain the closure at least until Wednesday, given the difficulties of workers to get around and the impossibility of receiving supplies. Sources of the multinational have explained to this newspaper that they plan to stop producing about 240 trucks, given that the current rate of manufacture is 120 units per day. Its facilities in Valladolid, which resumed the production rate on Monday after the stoppage due to Christmas activities, have not been affected.

In the same situation as Iveco Madrid is the PSA Madrid Center. According to La Tribuna de la Automoción and confirmed by this newspaper, it suspended manufacturing on Saturday, January 9, without being able to resume it on Monday or, predictably, on Tuesday. The plant was at full capacity, after the recent launch of the new C4 model, with diesel, gasoline or electric engines.

In the same way, the French multinational has seen the activity in its factory of Figueruelas, where already on Saturday the firefighters of the Zaragoza council had to strive to clear the accesses to the facility of snow. The Aragonese plant manufactures the Citroën C3 Aircross, Opel Crossland X and Opel Corsa models in their thermal and electric versions (Corsa-e). On Sunday, the night shift had to be suspended on lines 1 and 2, although activity resumed on Monday, sources from the French group explained to this newspaper.

The French company has also seen its plant supply chain affected in Vigo. At the Balaídos factory, the Sunday night shift had to be suspended on Line 2, which builds K9 vans (Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Rifter and Toyota Proace City).

ERTE in Martorell

On the other hand, Seat Martorell presented the unions with a temporary employment regulation file (ERTE) on Monday about 550 workers, between Martorell and the Free Trade Zone.

In this case, the reduction in activity is not due to the passage of Filomena, but to the global shortage of semiconductor chips, stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. According to the initial approach of the automobile company, the ERTE could be extended until June 30.

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