PSA warns of further production halts over gearbox shortage

August 30, 2018 09:14 CET

PARIS — Production of PSA Group’s Peugeot 308 compact car may suffer intermittent stoppages in coming weeks because of a shortage of transmissions, the French automaker said on Wednesday.

The production line building the 308 in Sochaux, eastern France, was disrupted for a second day before resuming work in the afternoon, PSA spokeswoman Karine Douet said.

A production bottleneck affecting the model’s new six-speed manual transmission will gradually disappear as manufacturing of the gearbox ramps up at another PSA site in Valenciennes, northern France, Douet said.

“Given that this ramp-up will take a few weeks more, other temporary production stoppages or shift changes may occur in the factories,” she said.

PSA nonetheless expects “no impact on its sales volume for the second half,” Douet said.

Summer production slowdowns may also have affected the pace of transmission production in Valenciennes.

As part of its response to the production hitches, PSA said it was drafting in workers from other French manufacturing sites.

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