GM Accelerates Truck Production, Adds Overtime Shifts at Several Plants

The global chip shortage has caused such a struggle pretty much in every single industry sector out there, and the automotive market itself faced a severe lack of semiconductors in every little corner of the world.
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Carmakers tried all sorts of tricks to minimize the disruption, from building vehicles without certain systems to temporary shutdowns of the production at their plants.

General Motors is one of the companies that turned to these painful approaches, though at the end of the day, its operations have still been impacted severely.

But as it turns out, those industry analysts who anticipated a chip shortage ease-off in the last months of the year have actually been right, as General Motors is now preparing to accelerate the production of several models in its lineup. And not only that, but the company is also adding overtime shifts at no less than six North American plants.

Trucks like Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, both of which have been hit hard by the lack of semiconductors, are among the models to benefit from the introduction of overtime shifts.

More specifically, GM says it’s adding more shifts to the Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana where it makes the two trucks, but also at the Silao Assembly in Mexico (responsible for the production of light-duty models).

The operations at the Wentzville Assembly plant in Missouri will also be accelerated, so the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado production will gain more pace, and the same thing will happen at the Arlington Assembly facility where GM makes the GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, and Cadillac Escalade.

On the other hand, this doesn’t necessarily mean General Motors has defeated the global chip shortage. The company still expects the crisis to return at some point next year, possibly to cause only minor production disruptions, but at least things are temporarily returning to normal at its North American plants.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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