General Motors is set to shut down its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Michigan for the remainder of the month as the global chip shortage continues to affect the automaker’s production output.
GM will pause production at the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant on Monday, the automaker confirmed this week, and will not bring the plant back online until at least the end of the month. The Lansing Grand River facility builds the Chevy Camaro sports car, along with the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans.
“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 told The Detroit News. “Our intent is to make up as much production lost at these plants as possible.”
A global supply shortage of semiconductor chips rocked the auto industry in recent months, leading to production shutdowns for the Detroit Big Three and many of their foreign rivals. GM has been forced to shut down three of its North American plants due to the ongoing shortage, though it remains focused on maintaining a strong supply of chips to keep producing its full-size trucks and SUVs, which are the bread and butter of its business.
“GM continues to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers,” the automaker said in a prepared statement addressing the chip shortage. “GM has not taken downtime or reduced shifts at any of its truck plants due to the shortage. We continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impacts on GM.”
Chip manufacturers, meanwhile, are working overtime to try and keep up with increased demand. An uptick in consumer electronics sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with various production-related setbacks, has put the industry in a supply drought that is proving difficult to climb out of whilst demand remains high.