BMW says shortage of parts from Bosch hampers production

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BMW AG, the German luxury vehicle maker, is slowing production of certain models due to a shortage of parts caused by delivery problems at supplier Bosch GmbH, which in turn is finding it hard to get parts supplies from Italy.

In BMW's case, the 'Lenkergetriebe, ' or steering gears manufactured by Stuttgart-based auto-parts giant Bosch and used in BMW's 1-Series, 2-Series, 3-Series and 4-Series compact cars were the problem.

"Our provider Bosch is not presently able to provide us with an adequate number of steering equipments for the BMW 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series and 4 Series", BMW stated.

"We can't say at this point when the production halts will be over", Rebstock said, adding that the company would decide on further production stoppages caused by the supply shortage as needed. Bosch declined to pick out the dealer.

"BMW plants in Tiexi, China, Rosslyn and South Africa have extended or pulled forward planned interruptions to production", the carmaker said. "An interruption in delivery of parts from a partner in Europe can therefore also have implications in China", said Mr. Duesmann.

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"The automobile isn't always complete until all components, most of which are furnished "just-in-time", are hooked up".

"A task force is working constantly to solve the issue", he said.

BMW was forced to halt production late last week at its plant in Leipzig due to issues with a now unnamed Italian supplier of an unnamed steering part.

Production of Mini and BMW X models and BMW's larger model series, including the BMW 5-Series, 6-Series and 7-Series, have not been affected, Reitsma said. A spokesman said the company hoped to restart assembly at the plants next week, but wasn't certain that would be possible.

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