Volkswagen has enough problems and the last thing Germany’s largest automaker needs is more conflict.
First the diesel scandal crippled large parts of the VW Group. Now a relatively small supplier has managed to shut down Golf production in Wolfsburg and Passat production in Emden after suspending deliveries.
Crisis has become a permanent state at the Wolfsburg-based automaker. Instead of focusing on VW’s long-term strategy and its transition to a mobility service provider and seller of electric cars, its management is forced to fight one fire after another.
But the fact that Prevent, a group of suppliers consisting of two subsidiaries, Car Trim and ES Guss, is forcing the giant Volkswagen Group to its knees by stopping the delivery of seat covers and gear components could have been avoided.
To put it another way, VW is partly to blame when a problem with a supplier has major consequences like a production shutdown.