Europe 1 with AFP 4:52 p.m., June 22, 2022, modified at 4:55 p.m., June 22, 2022

Due to the shortage of semiconductors, the Stellantis car factory in Rennes-La Janais will be closed on Wednesday evening until July 1.

During the shutdown period, a training system will be put in place in particular so as not to leave the 2,000 employees affected by the shortage without activity.

Production at the Stellantis (ex PSA) factory in Rennes-La Janais will be stopped on Wednesday evening until July 1 due to the shortage of semiconductors, a measure that affects around 2,000 employees, we learned from of management.

"We are stopping this evening until July 1 inclusive because of the semiconductor crisis. Since the beginning of April we have been able to get by and work at full speed," the communication department of the AFP told AFP. factory.

"We adapt: ​​it's a phenomenon that is beyond our control and which unfortunately we can't do much about. We have a frank cut and we will resume," added this source.


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A training system during the production stoppage must make it possible "to increase people's skills, not to leave them without activity with loss of wages", according to the same source.

"Even though the new C5 Aircross is enjoying commercial success and its production is a priority for the group, the site is forced to stop production due to a lack of parts, particularly on the car radios", explains the CFDT in a statement.

The site's first union believes that this shutdown was "unfortunately predictable" while "the Sochaux factory has been shut down for a week".

Located near Rennes, the La Janais site, built in 1961, covers 138 hectares and is one of the group's main French factories.

The site, where the 5008 and C5 Aircross are produced, recently experienced temporary production halts due to the semiconductor supply shortage affecting the entire automotive industry.