The Volkswagen Group’s global supplier network of more than 40,000 suppliers also includes a number of suppliers in Western Ukraine; The damage is particularly vulnerable.
VW Group warned that due to the current situation in Ukraine there may be disruptions in the supply chain. This could lead to adjustments to production at selected VW Group locations, the statement said. VW Group Purchasing is also “involved in intensive exchanges with relevant suppliers and is considering alternatives,” the company said.
The VW Group from the Czech Republic Skoda seems particularly vulnerable. Skoda said it was facing a critical shortage of parts from several local suppliers and “will limit production of ENYAQ iV from this week”.
Skoda is also assembling SKD kit cars in Ukraine – Superb, Kodiaq, Karoq and Fabia Combi, in cooperation with Eurocar. Production of Skoda cars is now suspended at the Solomanov plant, where all products are intended only for buyers in the Ukrainian market.
The Russian market is one of the most important Skoda markets in the world. In 2021, Russia was the second largest market as a whole. A total of 90,400 Skoda cars were delivered there. Ukraine was also a stable market, with sales of about 6,000 Skoda cars a year. Since 2002, the plant in Ukraine has produced about 190,000 Skoda.
Skoda plants in Russia
In Russia, our Skoda produces Rapid, Octavia, Karoq and Kodiaq at two plants. In Nizhny Novgorod, Skoda produces three models – Octavia, Karoq and Kodiaq. Rapid is manufactured at the Skoda plant in Kaluga. Skoda says that production at Russian plants is still working, but Skoda says that “the impact of possible disruptions on supply chains is constantly being analyzed.”
“Intimidated by attack on Ukraine”
A statement from Skoda also reads: “We are intimidated by the military attack on Ukraine and sincerely hope for a speedy cessation of hostilities and a speedy return to diplomacy in accordance with international law.
“We are very concerned for the people of Ukraine, especially for the families of our more than 600 Ukrainian colleagues in the Czech Republic and the entire Eurocar team at the Solomonov plant in Ukraine and at its headquarters in Kyiv. We sympathize with them in these difficult days. At the same time, we are thinking about our colleagues from Volkswagen Group Rus, in whom the situation is also serious. “