The first two closings only took two days each (1-2 March and 7-8 March). But the latest closure will last until Monday, March 21.
The reason for the shutdown is due to the limited availability of various semiconductor chips and electrical components used in city car assortments. Tychy’s plant also suffered several shutdowns over the past summer as well, due to ongoing semiconductor issues.
“People who work in factories do not have to worry about their jobs. We have two safety mechanisms. If possible, pending holidays are used. In the event that this option cannot be used and people are ready to work, we pay downtime, which is about 80% of the salary ,” FCA spokesperson in Poland, Rafai Jrzanicki, said in a statement.
On an important note, the Tychy plant will be home to the next generation of Class B electrified vehicles such as the recently announced Electric Vehicle (BEV) Jeep® “Junior” B-SUV. The new compact Jeep will join a new Fiat 500e 5-door model and the all-new Alfa Romeo Brenner, which we talked about recently. All three vehicles will receive electrified powertrains and an internal combustion engine (ICE). The Jeep will be the first of three models to start production at the factory at the end of this year, while the Fiat and Alfa Romeo models will start production in 2023.