Fairfax Assembly has been offline since February 16th, when GM idled the facility due to a shortage of semiconductor chips. The plant was set to come back online on July 5th, however GM has now pushed the reopening date to August 16th as the chip shortage persists.
“The global semiconductor shortage remains complex and very fluid,” GM spokesman David Barnas told Automotive News in a prepared statement. “but GM’s supply chain, engineering and manufacturing teams continue to find creative solutions and make strides working with the supply base to maximize production of high-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles.”
“This includes leveraging every available semiconductor to build and ship our highlyprofitable full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers.”
GM has begun building trucks without certain features to cut back on the number of chips it uses per unit. Some trucks are being built without Active Fuel Management and Dynamic Fuel Management, while others are no longer offering the previously available HD Radio. This strategy allows GM to keep up with strong demand for its full-size trucks while managing its chip inventory amid the ongoing global shortage.
The GM Lansing Grand River plant has also faced lengthy shutdowns due to the chip shortage. The plant was idled at the beginning of May, though Chevy Camaro production restarted there on June 21st. Production of the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans will come back online at the facility on August 9th, although the Cadillac Blackwing performance sedans will enter production before that time.