Opel closes factory in Germany due to chip shortage until 2022

Carmaker Opel, part of the Stellantis group, today said it will close one of its factories in Germany by at least the end of the year due to a chip shortage.

The Eisenach facility, which produces internal combustion engines and hybrid electric vehicles, is due to develop again in 2022, but an Opel spokesman could not give an exact date.

Opel said about 1,300 workers at the plant will be temporarily laid off and some of the production will go to a plant in France.

The Stellantis group has halted production at other factories, including those in Europe and Canada, predicting 1.4 million fewer cars will be produced this year due to chip shortages.

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