Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe has announced an indefinite shutdown of production at the Tramagal plant in the Santarém district due to late delivery of components and shortages of semiconductor supplies.
Speaking to Lusa News Agency, the company’s official source confirmed the forced shutdown as being attributed to a “component supply chain disruption”, and said that “the shutdown of production is the result of problems at the Sines container terminal and ship delays “. .
According to the same source, “this problem comes on top of the scarcity of semiconductor supplies”, with the resumption of activity “dependent on the resolution of problems”.
Tramagal’s Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe (MFTE) plant is FUSO’s production center in Europe and employs 450 workers, incorporating Daimler Truck, the world’s largest heavy vehicle manufacturer.
The company also indicated that the activity of the MFTE plant in Tramagal, in the municipality of Abrantes, “has been affected in recent months by global problems of lack of containers and delay of ships from Japan on the Asia-Europe sea route “. , which “have already led to sporadic shutdowns” of production.
“This week,” the same source added, “the situation worsened with further disruptions in the supply chain due to delays linked to severe congestion in operations at the port of Sines and in rail transport. “.
The annual production in 2020 of the Tramagal plant was 6,328 units, with a turnover of 151 million euros. With a total of 450 employees, MFTE’s main markets were the European Union, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
MFTE has already produced more than 200,000 vehicles in the Tramagal plant, 95% of which for export.
In 2019, it manufactured 11,036 Canter vehicles, more than 90% of which for export to the European market but also to the United States, Israel, Turkey and Morocco.
The company located in the municipality of Abrantes, the largest exporter in the Santarém district, achieved a turnover of around 222 million euros in 2019.