Volkswagen Chattanooga shutting down 2 days over semiconductor shortage

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – It looks like the international shortage of semiconductors is hitting Chattanooga manufacturing.

Volkswagen officials have been warning that the shortage will force some production shutdowns.

And it will hit the Chattanooga plant on Friday.

VW will suspend production from Friday through Monday.

Officials warned over the weekend that the worldwide shortage is creating some bottlenecks in the supply chain.

The industry is caught between the demand for more consumer electronics during the pandemic for remote working to a rebound of auto demand as economies improve.

Volkswagen officials say the shortage will affect gas-powered vehicles (like the Passat) in the near time, but not the new electric ones.

VW brand chief Ralf Brandstaetter said this weekend that the semiconductor component shortage could ease up in the second half of the year.

Chattanooga production is scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

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