The chip crisis reaches Spain: 10,000 jobs at ERTE in the Galician car industry
More than 10,000 jobs associated with the Galician automotive industry will enter ERTE in the next 60 days, due to the shortage of chips needed to install in vehicles.
In ComputerHoy.com we’ve been talking about for a while chip shortage in graphics cards, mobile phones or consoles, but it is a problem that is spreading to all technological sectors, including the automobile industry.
They already call her The Chip Crisis, and its consequences, for now, are unknown to us. But they can be as serious as the pandemic, to the point of paralyzing factories and closing stores.
As reported by the newspaper Vigo lighthouse, chip shortage has forced companies in the automotive sector that work in Galicia, such as Stellantis, Benteler, Akwel and Vehicle Components from Galicia, to request an ERTE which, according to union sources, could affect 10,000 jobs.
Stellantis for example, the group made up of brands such as FIAT, Peugeot, OPEL, Citroën and many others, has already communicated to the works council an ERTE for 3,749 employees over the next 60 days, due to chip shortages necessary to install in vehicles.
We are before a global crisis affecting all tech industries. A semiconductor shortage that prevents chips, processors and memories from being manufactured at the pace required by the industry.
The causes are varied: scarcity of rare metals, increased demand due to confinements, the stoppage of factories due to the pandemic, or the existence of few semiconductor foundries, which do not give more of themselves. You can read about it on this card:
The visible head of this crisis are graphics cards and consoles. For months there has been no stock of gaming graphics cards or the new PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.
But the problem has started to affect mobile manufacturers, which are launching new models with last year’s processors, already the automobile industry.
And if that was not enough, the jam of a ship in the Suez Canal, with more than 250 ships waiting to cross, it can further exacerbate the shortage.
It is a serious problem that has no short-term solution: experts predict that it will take months to meet the demand for chips.