Allegedly material only for a week: the Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg
Europe’s largest carmaker, has apparently serious problems with its suppliers. After Emden now threatening also in the main plant in Wolfsburg and Kassel plant working hours
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In the production at VW in Wolfsburg -Stammwerk occurs because of a dispute with a supplier to bottlenecks. “A supplier of Volkswagen has the contractually agreed delivery exposed to components,” said a company spokesman on Wednesday. Despite an injunction the supply was not resumed. “Since the development is not foreseeable at present, we check for parts of the production at the Wolfsburg increase the flexibility of working time.”
A According to newspaper report is Wolfsburg only enough material for a week. For the next week was “the maintenance of production no longer exists,” said “picture” (Thursday edition), citing an internal letter to executives. According to the Journal threatens short-time working. In Wolfsburg VW employs about 60,000 people.
Also the factory in Kassel with more than 16,000 employees will be affected by a similar dispute. There are transmission parts that are missing. “The bottleneck in production is us since last week announced” a spokesman commented. “We are now working with more flexible measures. It is unlikely, what happens.”
7200 go today in Emden in short-time work
Problems Volkswagen has also a car seat suppliers. Therefore now go today around 7,200 employees at the Emden plant in short-time working.
background of factionalism that affect Europe’s biggest carmaker sensitive, is a dispute with a supplier. It involves both a GmbH from Plauen in Saxony, the textile and leather sells it for vehicle interior – about seat covers. On the other hand it is also about a cast of experts, also from Saxony, who sells it for auto transmission. This second GmbH under the umbrella of a group of companies with headquarters in Wolfsburg. On the part of these suppliers was on Wednesday first opinion to obtain.
The problems met upholstery and finally paralyzed the factory in Emden. Now, the cast parts are missing for the transmission of that supplier, the one under the same parent company.
A spokesman for the Landgericht Braunschweig had on Wednesday declared on request, that the injunction against the supplier as a result of hearing came , Thus an appeal to the Court of Appeal was possible, the deadline for this lies in a month. VW have made credible in court that the carmaker had the claims. Not even the findings of the supplier for its counterclaims could have done nothing to change.
Which means, such as penalties VW now still in his hand has been, not to learn on Wednesday. It seems clear that this is part of VW is not likely to be a power play -. Because perhaps to suspend further subregions in other factories a whole work or soon, is for the carmaker a small disaster
VW has high vertical integration and is still vulnerable
On the other hand the situation, how vulnerable the automaker. VW has a by industry standards high manufacturing facilities, therefore makes quite a lot on their own. Nevertheless, without a well-oiled chain with external partners the whole structure Autobau comes quickly in massive trouble. This can be seen on other occasions, such as when the rail freight strike or central suppliers such as the airbag manufacturer Takata has quality problems and multiply recalls of cars so quickly in the hundreds of thousands.
The VW employee representatives found clear words for the situation. Works Guido Mehlhop said: “The shortage of the material is more than annoying, especially when you know that the Landgericht Braunschweig is committed to suppliers already in the past week with an injunction to provide the parts according to the contract from the perspective of.. Works it is incomprehensible that a company which simply defies. Apparently is trying to stage on the backs of employees a business thriller. ” It must be “as soon as possible” a solution here. “. That would be the way also in the interests of the employees of the supplier The are ultimately affected equally by the questionable business practices of the company as the colleagues at Volkswagen”, Mehlhop said