Full-size GM pickup truck production will be idled once again next week due to yet another shortage of semiconductor chips.
According to Reuters, GM will temporarily shut down the Flint Assembly and Fort Wayne Assembly plants in the U.S. next week, along with the Silao Assembly plant in Mexico. The Fort Wayne and Silao plants produce the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, while Flint Assembly handles production of the heavy-duty variants of the two pickups.
“The global semiconductor shortage remains complex and very fluid,” GM said in a statement sent to Reuters on Tuesday. “The recent scheduling adjustments have been driven by temporary parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing COVID-19-related restrictions.”
“This period will provide us with the opportunity to complete unfinished vehicles at the impacted assembly plants and ship those units to dealers,” the automaker added.
Production at the Fort Wayne and Silao facilities resumed on Monday following a brief shutdown related to the chip shortage. Flint Assembly, meanwhile, was operating on just one shift before returning to full capacity at the beginning of this week.
GM has experienced recurring production setbacks due to the chip shortage and has lost production of hundreds of thousands of vehicle units through the first seven months of the year. The automaker has prioritized its full-size truck and SUV models amid the chip shortage, idling its car and crossover plants in order to free up chips for its more popular and profitable large vehicle lines.
GM has also been producing partially completed vehicles without certain electronic components and storing them near its production plants to help mitigate the effects of the shortage. This allows the automaker to keep its plants up and running and enables it to quickly complete the vehicles once it receives the parts it needs.
“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 statement earlier this year. “We continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impacts on GM.”