DETROIT—Daimler AG Chief Government Ola Kaellenius advised Reuters on Friday the automaker hopes to stabilize its supply chain for semiconductors throughout this quarter, however expects actual aid from shortages of chips won’t arrive till 2023.
Kaellenius, who’s visiting Mercedes operations in the USA, stated manufacturing of Mercedes autos in the course of the fourth quarter can be decrease than a 12 months in the past, which was an unusually sturdy quarter as the corporate started recovering from pandemic shutdowns.
“We can’t have one hundred pc certainty” about provides of semiconductors, Kaellenius stated. COVID-19 associated shutdowns this summer season at Malaysian crops that course of semiconductors set again the auto business’s efforts to get well manufacturing misplaced earlier within the 12 months.
“We hope to have the ability to stabilize the state of affairs within the fourth quarter, and take that to the subsequent degree in 2022,” he stated. Nevertheless, he stated, main chip producers are saying restrictions in provide may proceed into 2023.
“Now we have to remain versatile,” Kaellenius stated.
Daimler is managing supply-chain disruptions on high of planning for a break up of the corporate right into a standalone luxurious automobile firm, Mercedes-Benz, and a separate industrial truck enterprise. Mercedes is accelerating its shift to an all-electric lineup by 2030.
Mercedes is launching an electrical top-of-the-line sedan, the EQS, and is getting ready to launch manufacturing of an electrical EQS SUV at its manufacturing unit in Alabama that can go on sale subsequent 12 months.
“We are attempting to hurry up the transition” to electrical autos, Kaellenius stated.
The EQS sedan and SUV must be “worthwhile from the phrase go” within the U.S. market, he stated.
By Joseph White