Due to global delivery bottlenecks for critical electronic components, auto company Daimler is returning thousands of employees to work briefly at at least two locations right now. Most of the employees are affected at the Mercedes factories in Rastatt and Bremen. Upon request, Daimler announced that a short-term work order has been placed from Friday through next weekend for affected employees at both locations.
More than 12,000 people work in the Bremen plant and about 6,500 in Rastatt. According to the company, employees in “strategic projects” and so-called core functions are excluded from short-time work at both locations, including Daimler in the maintenance and supply as well as qualification areas. First, local media mentioned short-term action plans in the respective locations.
Employees of both manufacturers as well as the site in Kiskimet, Hungary, were assigned to work for a short time at the start of the year due to the chip crisis. Upon request, Daimler did not comment in detail on whether short-time work is now also planned for other plants. The only thing that was said was that they were in contact with semiconductor suppliers and “if needed” had to adapt “individual plant operating patterns”. The situation is fickle, and you are driving in plain sight.