Stellantis has extended its shutdown at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., due to the ongoing global shortage of semiconductors, according to the union that represents hourly workers there.
The plant, which will be down the weeks of Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, was previously idled Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 for the same reason.
About 4,500 people, the majority of them Unifor members, build the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chrysler Grand Caravan in Canada and Chrysler Voyager for the U.S. market.
Stellantis resumed regular output at the factory on July 5, after being idle nearly every day since March 29.
The factory resumed operation the week of May 31, but not at full capacity.
Even though the plant resumed a two-shift operation on July 5, the automaker warned at the time that “scheduling is still released on a week-to-week basis.”
The plant was also down the weeks of Aug. 16 and 23 for the regularly scheduled summer shutdown.
The chip shortage shows no sign of easing soon, and automakers in North America, Asia and Europe last week continued to warn of further negative impact.
AutoForecast Solutions now estimates the global industry will lose more than 8.5 million vehicles from its collective production plans before the crisis, which began late last year, ends.