After new supply chain disruptions caused by the crisis in Ukraine this week, BMW plans to gradually resume production at its plants in Munich and Dingolfing, the report said.

BMW plans to gradually resume operations at its Munich and Dingolfing car plants next week, media reported.

However, Reuters also reported that BMW has warned that it expects further breaks due to the crisis in Ukraine and the constant shortage of semiconductors.

A Reuters report also said that production of the BMW Mini brand in Oxford would be suspended for two weeks.

Europe’s car industry is faltering from supply chain disruptions caused by the war in Ukraine. Wiring harnesses became the most important point. Cable assemblies from Ukraine are shipped to Leoni plants across Europe for delivery to OEMs such as Opel, Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi and Lamborghini. Wiring harness products are often custom-made for certain platforms and vehicle models with very limited inventory. When supplies from Ukraine were cut off in late February, the impact on carmakers was instantaneous.

Wiring harnesses are relatively complex components, so production cannot be changed in a short time or is easy to replace. In particular, German OEMs have been and will continue to be affected by supply disruptions from Ukraine – although Leoni is likely to work hard to develop alternative power sources (such as factories in Tunisia).

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