While the car industry continues to struggle with the shortage of semiconductors, it is now facing a shortage of wire harness due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Scooter solution? Start making shoes at its home plant in the Czech Republic.
The shortage forced carmakers to suspend production of the all-electric Enyaq iV for eight weeks from March 3. Eager to resume production as soon as possible, Skoda and its suppliers began looking for solutions, and within five weeks of the start of the war, shoe maker PEKM was able to transfer part of the cable shoe production from Ukraine to Mlada Boleslav with the help of cabletechnic. .
Skoda’s partnership with PEKM Kabeltechnik later seeks to manufacture the necessary manufacturing equipment in the assembly halls provided by Skoda. Manufacturing has been on the rise since the beginning of April, and the facilities are now operated by 35 women from the Ukrainian plant at PEKM Kabeltechnik’s Lviv. The automaker is currently making shoes for its Fabia Combi at its headquarters and will soon start making shoes for Octavia, Kodiak, Croc and Superb.
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“We have been working closely with our partners over the past few weeks to provide wiring harness to reduce the effects of the war in Ukraine,” said Kirsten Snake, a member of the board for purchases at Skoda, in a statement, according to Automotive News. Europe. “With great sacrifice, we have been able to resume production in Ukraine in a short period of time and significantly increase production capacity. I would like to thank the entire team and all the suppliers involved for this achievement. At the same time, I can assure our Ukrainian partners that we are and remain fully committed to them. We have the utmost respect for them to continue our supply as the situation permits. “
To further strengthen the cable harness supply, Skoda has acquired additional power from Kromberg and Schubert, who operate a factory in Morocco. Despite the Cromberg and Schubert wars, shoe production at the Geotomir Ukrainian plant increased.
ডkoda has promised to mimic the high-voltage wire harnesses needed to charge EVs, initially making them in Romania from June and then from September, at its plant in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine.