Stellantis halts Italian van plant due to global parts shortage
Published on February 10th, 2023 | by Tom Kerrigan
Stellantis, a car and van manufacturer, has halted production at one of its Italian plants after experiencing a parts shortage. The company has been hit by supply chain issues, which have forced it to halt production in Atessa. Stellantis is one of the largest European manufacturers of cars and light commercial vehicles. The Atessa plant employs over 5,000 people and has an annual production capacity of over 300,000 units. This makes the Italian plant the largest van manufacturer in Europe. This move comes at a bad time as demand for Stellantis’ products continues to rise.
The company, which is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), announced on 20th January that it will stop producing vans at this plant in the Abruzzo region until further notice. Stellantis have said this is because of what they called “a temporary interruption” in supplies of some components from parts manufacturers abroad.
The high demand for Stellantis’ products has led to an increase in production needs but without adequate supplies of key components that require microchips, they have had no choice but to temporarily shut down factories until further notice.
Unfortunately, this is not the only Stellantis plant to be halted and highlights the severity of the parts shortage across Europe. While the halts are not positive news, Stellantis does seem to be in a strong position as a company and has since announced expansions into other automotive areas such as used cars and EVs.
As Stellantis is one of the major players within the commercial sector this latest production halt is likely to add further pressure to the already restricted supply of commercial vehicles. We at Agility Fleet have a wide range of suppliers enabling us to source stock from multiple manufacturers. Contact our team for help or further information at 01527 571605