Skoda Auto production line

William Malcolm

Skoda Auto Resumes Production

According to the unions, Škoda Auto will manufacture cars every day at least until the end of November. Deliveries of chips from Malaysia were partially resumed, the Škoda trade union weekly reported today. Production at Škoda Auto was resumed at night from Sunday to Monday after a two-week outage.

“The outlook until the end of November is very positive. It should also be produced every day in the 46th calendar week, except, of course, with the national holiday Fight for Freedom and Democracy on November 17, which falls on Wednesday this year,” the unions said.

During the outage, a number of employees were at work, especially to process the unfinished cars, in which the missing chips and other electronic devices were assembled. “The goal is to reduce the number of unfinished cars to the smallest possible number by the end of the year. During the shutdown, the number of unfinished cars was significantly reduced, visibly decreased in parking areas. .

Škoda Auto employees stayed at home for 80 percent of their average salary, which includes, for example, extraordinary annual bonuses. Wage compensation thus roughly corresponds to daily earnings. Agency staff also received wage compensation.

The carmaker has previously announced that due to a critical shortcoming, the production of new cars is endangered probably until the end of the year. There was thus a risk of a significant reduction or complete cessation of production.

Last year, Škoda Auto delivered over a million cars worldwide. It operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India, mostly through group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners. It is active in more than 100 markets.