GM said last week that it would pause production at Lansing Grand River starting on Monday, March 15th, with the shutdown expected to last until at least the end of the month. The shutdown will cost the automaker at least 5,100 units in lost production at the plant, which produces the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans and Chevy Camaro sports coupe.
The plant shutdown was brought on by the ongoing semiconductor supply shortage, which has been affecting automotive production across the globe in recent weeks. Automakers like GM are battling with the consumer electronics and medical equipment industries for access to microchips as suppliers in China, Taiwan, Korea and elsewhere try to ramp up production and keep up with growing demand.
“We continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impact on GM,” spokesman David Barnas said last week. “Our intent is to make up as much production lost at these plants as possible.”
In North America, the chip shortage has so far affected the production of 334,000 vehicles – up 13,000 from last week. Experts predict this figure to hit nearly 500,000 before the chip crisis begins to subside later this year.
In addition to the Lansing Grand River plant, GM has also been forced to temporarily shut down its Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas, CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario and San Luis Potosí Assembly plant in Mexico due to the chip shortage. The automaker is focused on using its chip supply on its most popular and profit-heavy products – those being full-size trucks and SUVs like the Chevy Silverdo and Chevy Tahoe.
“GM has not taken downtime or reduced shifts at any of its truck plants due to the shortage,” the automaker said. “We continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impacts on GM.”