General Motors has announced additional production downtime at the GM CAMI Assembly facility in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. The GM CAMI facility produces the Chevy Equinox crossover. The additional downtime is the result of the ongoing global microchip shortage.
The announcement of additional downtime at the GM CAMI Assembly follows several previously announced production delays for the facility. General Motors initially idled the plant in February as the effects of the global microchip shortage worsened, later announcing in April that the plant would remain closed until at least the end of June. The automaker then announced that it would resume production June 14th, with production remaining operational until July 2nd, after which the plant would be idled for a two-week summer shutdown.
Downtime at the plant was later extended beyond the two-week shutdown until August 16th, with production of the Chevy Equinox added to the list of GM models undergoing production shutdowns due to the ongoing microchip shortage.
Looking beyond production of the Chevy Equinox crossover, the GM CAMI production plant will eventually be retooled to produce the new BrightDrop EV600, an all-electric light commercial delivery van slated to roll out late next year.
For the moment, General Motors is grappling with the ongoing global microchip shortage by prioritizing production of its most profitable and in-demand models, namely its full-size SUV and truck models.
“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,” General Motors stated previously. “We continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impacts on GM.”