General Motors’ Lansing plant closed to disrupt production of 5,100 units
The planned shutdown of General Motors Michigan’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant will cost the automaker 5,100 units in production in March, according to a new report from Automotive News.
GM said last week that production on the Lansing Grand River will cease from Monday, March 15th. The shutdown is expected to last at least until the end of the month. The shutdown will cost the automaker at least 5,100 units of production downtime at the plant in which the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans and the Chevy Camaro sports coupe are manufactured.
The shutdown of the plant was caused by the ongoing shortage of semiconductor supplies, which has had an impact on automobile production worldwide in the past few weeks. Automakers like GM battle the consumer electronics and medical device industries for access to microchips as suppliers in China, Taiwan, Korea, and elsewhere seek to spur production and keep pace with growing demand.
“We continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions to our suppliers’ semiconductor needs and to reduce the impact on GM,” said spokesman David Barnas last week. “Our intention is to make up for as much production loss as possible in these plants.”
In North America, the chip shortage has impacted production of 334,000 vehicles to date – an increase of 13,000 from last week. Experts predict that number will hit nearly 500,000 before the chip crisis subsides later this year.
In addition to the Lansing Grand River plant, GM had to temporarily shut down its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas, the CAMI assembly plant in Ontario and the San Luis Potosí assembly plant in Mexico due to a lack of chips. The automaker is focused on leveraging its chip supply for its most popular and profitable products – full-size trucks and SUVs like the Chevy Silverdo and Chevy Tahoe.
“GM has not accepted downtime or reduced shifts due to the shortage in any of its truck plants,” said the automaker. “We continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions to our suppliers’ semiconductor needs and to reduce the impact on GM.”
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