Nissan to shut Smyrna plant for two weeks

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The ongoing semiconductor shortage will idle a critical US assembly plant.

Nissan Motor said it would suspend production at its US factory in Smyrna, Tennessee, for two weeks from next Monday (16 August) due to a shortage of semiconductors, according to local reports.

 

The company said social and business restrictions implemented in Malaysia since the beginning of June, to combat the latest coronavirus outbreak, had affected output at a key chip supplier.

The fortnight shutdown is one of the longest closures of any vehicle assembly plant in the US due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage which first emerged almost a year ago.

Smyrna is a key plant for Nissan and the two week closure will affect its recent efforts to recover from the pandemic and other corporate issues. The factory employs around 6,700 people and has a production capacity of 640,000 vehicles across six models, including the best selling Rogue [X-Trail] compact SUV.

 

 

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