The German automaker BMW will stop production for a week from today at its factory in Regensburg, Bavaria. A spokesperson announced this on Sunday. The reason is the persistent shortage of computer chips.
Since a public holiday was already planned for the week of Monday 2 August, production at the Regensburg site will not resume until 9 August.
The lack of chips is mainly due to the corona pandemic, which has sharply increased the demand for electronics, partly due to increased working from home.
The car sector worldwide is also affected by the shortage: modern cars contain countless chips. Just last week, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, announced that it would also suffer from chip shortages in the second half of this year.
As a result, fewer Mercedes will be sold in 2021 than the German concern initially expected.