Nissan to furlough 800 workers at UK plant as chip shortage cuts production

16 April 2021 - 15:06 By Reuters
The Sunderland car assembly plant of Nissan in Sunderland, England.
The Sunderland car assembly plant of Nissan in Sunderland, England.
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Japan’s Nissan Motor will furlough around 800 workers at its production plant in Britain  as output slows there because of a semiconductor shortage, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

The people, who represent about 10% of the workforce at the facility in Sunderland, will be asked to stay away until the chip shortage eases and production can increase, the Nikkei said, without saying where it got the information.

A Nissan spokesperson was not able to immediately comment.

Carmakers around the world are struggling with a chip shortage caused by strong demand from makers of smartphones and other consumer electronics amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A fire at a Japanese auto chip plant last month has further squeezed supplies.

Nissan plans to slash production at several factories in Japan next month, sources earlier told Reuters.


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