GM extends plant shutdowns due to global semiconductor chip shortage

Frequent Motors staff work on the assembly line on the Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas.

Jim Barcus for Frequent Motors

DETROIT — Frequent Motors is extending transient shutdowns at three of its North American vegetation attributable to a global semiconductor chip shortage, which is expected to shed billions off automakers’ earnings in 2021.

The choice to lengthen the shutdowns at automobile and crossover vegetation in Kansas, Mexico and Ontario, Canada is so that you just might perhaps per chance prioritize chips for production of GM’s rotund-size pickup trucks and SUVs, the corporate said Wednesday. GM also said its Gravatai plant in Brazil will select downtime in April and Could simply.

GM previously said the North American vegetation might perhaps be closed until no longer decrease than mid-March. The San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico is now scheduled to be down via the quit of March, whereas the U.S. and Canada vegetation will likely be shuttered until no longer decrease than mid-April.

The announcement comes per week after GM CFO Paul Jacobson said the chip shortage used to be bettering, however the corporate peaceable expected the delays to decrease its free money waft by $1.5 billion and $2.5 billion in 2021.

“GM continues to leverage every on hand semiconductor to win and ship our preferred and in-demand merchandise, at the side of rotund-size trucks and SUVs for our clients,” the corporate said in a assertion. “GM has no longer taken downtime or lowered shifts at any of its truck vegetation attributable to the lack.”

Automakers and parts suppliers began warning of the lack slack final three hundred and sixty five days after demand for autos rebounded more strongly than expected after automakers were compelled to shut down production final spring to lend a hand contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Consulting company AlixPartners estimates the chip shortage to cleave $60.6 billion in revenue from the global car industry this three hundred and sixty five days. That estimate involves the total provide chain — from sellers and automakers to monumental suppliers and their smaller counterparts.

Semiconductor chips are extraordinarily crucial ingredients of new autos for areas treasure infotainment systems and more classic parts corresponding to vitality steerage and brakes.

Relying on the auto and its alternate options, consultants scream a automobile might perhaps per chance per chance gain hundreds of semiconductors. Elevated-priced autos with effective security and infotainment systems gain noteworthy more and various kinds of chips than a inferior model.