Emden, Germany – Volkswagen (VW) is set to stop auto production at its Emden plant today (Thursday, August 18) for five days due to a supplier's failure to deliver close covers for seating to its in-house seating producer.
Sitech Sitztechnik - a 100% subsidiary of VW – produces seating for VW at the site. The stoppage is the second this month.
Christine Sing, communications for Sitech Sitztechnik, said legal talks were undertaken on the afternoon of Friday, August 12 between VW and the supplier over its failure to deliver. The supplier was told it had to deliver, Sing said, “but no delivery has reached us.”
Close cover supply failure led to a two-day stoppage at Emden from Monday, August 8 to Tuesday, August 9, VW representative Jan Wurps told UTECH-polyurethane.com as the talks were taking place on Friday afternoon.
The close cover supplier is a Croatian firm, according to Wurps.
Wurps said that although Sitech Sitztechnik does have an alternative supplier for the close covers that firm is not able to supply “what we need in the next two weeks.”
According to Wurps, “the problems are not the first we’ve had with the supplier.” He said 1,250 cars are produced at Emden daily.
Sitech's Emden plant employs 450 employees to produce complete seat sets for the Volkswagen Passat and CC.