Feb 23, 2022

Mini Oxford plant production halted due to chip shortage

Production at Oxford's BMW Mini plant has been suspended for a week due to a global shortage of computer chips. In a statement BMW said: "As a result of the global semiconductor shortage, an issue that has affected the entire automotive industry for the last year, Plant Oxford is making some short-term adjustments to its production schedule."Plant Oxford is standing down five days of production - Monday 21 February to Friday 25 February inclusive, for all shifts. Car makers around the world have been impacted by the chip shortage, along with supply chain disruptions, Covid-19 restrictions and rising prices of raw materials. Motor industry giants including Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Daimler, BMW and Renault, have all been forced to scale back production in recent months as they struggled to secure enough semiconductors. In February, Jaguar Land Rover said semiconductor supplies constrained sales and it expected the chip shortage to continue throughout this year.

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