The dispute with two suppliers for transmission parts and seat covers forced on Saturday to stop production at its main model Golf Volkswagen. In Wolfsburg parent plant areas have been exposed in preparation for the production, the corresponding logistics calm already reported a company spokesman.
A standstill of the plant in Wolfsburg can for for “world” a loss of gross income of around 100 million euros signify Group -Information every week. The first production layers are in the main factory disappear from next Monday, the spokesman said. In Zwickau mounting the Golf and Passat will also be shut down for a week beginning. This stands for “global” information the Golf production in Germany still.
in a notice to employees in Wolfsburg it was said, would for affected employees among others in assembly, body shop, paint and press shop, in agreement with the works council working hours checked , VW is considering this for the locations Braunschweig, Zwickau and Kassel. In Passat plant in Emden already for 7500 employees working hours were logged. The tapes of manufactured in Wolfsburg Tiguan and Touran run against it on.
reason for the forced break is a delivery stop of the partner companies ES Automobilguss and Car Trim from Saxony. “We are still working on an agreement”, said VW. The company had announced to exhaust all legal possibilities to obtain the necessary parts. The suppliers rejected a responsibility they gave VW to blame for the development. It should go to terminated contracts.
The production stop in golf is initially valid until Saturday, August 27, according to VW. Whether possibly beyond layers would have to be deleted, is not yet clear and would depend on the progress of the talks with suppliers.
state ministers want to convey
Lower Saxony Economics Minister and VW board Olaf Lies will mediate in the dispute. He’ll talk to his Saxon official and party colleague Martin Dulig about the SPD politician told the radio station NDR Info. “This dispute is also for medium-sized companies in Saxony nothing where you can say so easy, this continues,” said Read.
However, in the interests of VW employees of the conflict had to be resolved quickly: “If the stretches long, I like about the impact … not yet think.” Both sides should sit down at a table.
The Landgericht Braunschweig had informed on Friday, VW have already obtained all the necessary conditions for the return of the missing parts. There were injunctions purpose. ES-chief Alexander Gerstung stressed loud message: “For the crisis at VW and thus created short time we are not responsible.”
The exact background for the dispute are unclear. From the perspective of IT and Car Trim the difficult situation is a consequence of time and on groundless termination of contracts by VW. Volkswagen had granted any compensation for it. Therefore “to Car Trim and ES Automobilguss saw ultimately forced to halt in supplies,” it said.
“Here runs a very lousy game”
Harsh Words came from the land of Lower Saxony, the second largest shareholder in VW. The already considerable damage would increase with each passing day, warned Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD). If the negotiated solution fail, pressure must be exerted: “Then you will have to take also coercive measures.”
Even VW works council head Bernd Osterloh sentenced the delivery stop. “Here goes a very lousy game,” he told the “Bild” newspaper. The Journal also reported on planned downtime in the Golf production from 4 to 7 October, and from 19 to 22 of December. This had nothing to do with the current delivery dispute, but with a lower golf demand due to the gas crisis.
VW emphasized that it was a result the usual production planning for the fourth quarter – the days subject moreover in the autumn holiday and just before Christmas. The decisive factor is always the load over the full year. So we have “by producing” approximately in the summer plant shutdowns due to good demand.
VW and suppliers postpone negotiations on Monday
Volkswagen and the two suppliers ES Automobilguss and car Trim have postponed talks on resolving their fierce dispute on Monday. was heard on Saturday from supplier circles that one was set to further negotiations on the weekend. . According to this view VW but I want no talks on Saturday and Sunday
A spokesman for the Wolfsburg Group rejected this vehemently: They had discussions in the night interrupted Saturday – but at the same time also agreed a follow-up appointment for Monday by mutual agreement. The “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reported in advance also, it should proceed to the beginning of the week.
Both sides had declared, despite the escalation of to want to stay in touch conflict. “We are still working on an agreement,” it said on Saturday at Volkswagen. The company had announced, however, necessary to use all legal means to obtain the much needed parts. The suppliers rejected a responsibility they gave VW to blame for the development. It should go in the dispute over terminated contracts.