Since the beginning of 2021, 57 work shifts have already been cancelled due to semiconductor shortages and school closures in January, which amounts to around 17,340 lost cars.
Autoeuropa’s car plant in Palmela has seen a 70,000-car production drop since 2020 because of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lack of components for vehicle production.
“Since the beginning of 2021, 57 work shifts have already been cancelled due to the lack of semiconductors and the closure of schools in January, which corresponds to about 17,340 cars that were lost,” says an internal company statement.
“Adding what was not produced in 2020, the losses due to the pandemic already add up to about 70,000 cars,” the document adds.
Autoeuropa, with over 5,000 employees, 98% of whom are permanent employees, in 2020 produced a total of 192,000 cars and 20 million parts for other factories of the German group, which represent 1.4% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and 4.7% of Portuguese exports.