Production of Zoe cars at Renault's Flins plant in Yvelines will be halted for three weeks in June and two days in July, due to supply difficulties in electronic components and semiconductors, Renault and unions said Monday. "The 355 people who work on the Zoé flow are concerned by unemployment in APLD (long-term partial activity) because of the lack of parts," lamented Fabien Gloagen, union delegate Force Ouvrière (FO)-Renault Group, specifying that this took effect Monday for three weeks in June and two days in July.
Due to a lack of electronic components, the body flow (assembly, painting, sheet metal) and the associated support functions will not work except personnel designated by the hierarchy, "also wrote the union CFDT Renault Flins on Facebook Friday. In an FO leaflet, he had cited the weeks of Monday, June 5, June 12 and June 26, as well as July 3 and 4. "These communications from the unions follow a CSE last week in which we announced a few days not worked on the Flins site," Renault confirmed to AFP, indicating that this concerns "employees in the production sector" without specifying the number of employees concerned.
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The factory in "transformation phase"
The suspension of production comes according to Renault in a "general context of crisis of electronic components and semiconductors", the majority of which are produced in Asia. Employees had already been placed unemployed this year in APLD, a measure allowing the company to send its employees home in the event of a decline in activity, by continuing to pay them, added Fabien Gloagen. Among the "more than 2000,355 employees" of the Flins plant, a "large majority" recondition used vehicles to refurbish them, what the group calls the "ReFactory" sector. The production chain, focused solely on the Renault Zoé, currently employs 240 employees and used <> temporary workers until June, according to FO.
The plant, in "transformation phase", should be entirely devoted to reconditioning by the end of 2024, and the reduction of production is already underway, from 150 Zoe per day to 90 theoretically this month, according to FO. Figures that Renault has not been able to confirm. The manufacturer aims to employ 3000,2030 employees in Flins and to achieve by 2021 "more turnover than by assembling cars", generating "more than a billion euros of turnover in the circular economy", he assured in <>.