Argentine automotive companies picked up their neatly-liked pace of vehicle production this week, after the inconveniences caused by the nine-day strike by Brazilian carriers that damaged the entry of auto parts from the neighboring country.

In 2017, Argentina imported auto parts from Brazil for US $ 2,674 million, according to data from the Association of Argentine Factories of Components (AFAC), volume that represented 32% of the total of purchases of parts and parts abroad.

The stoppage of Brazilian transporters in rejection of the increase in the price of the flammable affected the shipment of parts from that country, which left local factories without inputs and forced them to reduce or even stop production.

The first company that announced a stop was Renault, which suspended production at its plant in Santa Isabel, Córdoba, for lack of parts to continue with the manufacture of the Logan, Sandero, Sandero Stepway, Kangoo and Fluence models, the five cars that manufacturing in the country, in a measure that affected the 1,500 workers.

"The PSA Group suffered the impact of the transport stoppage in Brazil and, currently, the situation is now regularized," said a source from the manufacturer of Citroen and Peugeot.

He also explained that the production was stopped for four days due to the impact of the transport measure in Brazil, which was added by a technical stop that the firm had planned to carry out internal maintenance activities for the production center.

Different was the case of Volkswagen, whose director of Corporate Affairs of the Group, Angela Stelzer, said that in that factory "we did not stop any day for that reason" but indicated that several adjustments had to be made in the production mix to avoid missing parts . "The situation normalized this week; The last days we had a daily meeting of the areas involved to check availabilities and actions to be taken to avoid any stop, "explained Stelzer.

Meanwhile, Honda sources indicated that the first days of last week there were some drawbacks: three days that could not be produced due to lack of supply of parts, but the production could be reorganized and is now completely normalized.

For his part, the Director of Institutional Relations of Mercedes Benz, Gustavo Castagnino, pointed out that the company, "in trucks (utilities and vans), had to stop production two days of last week due to the lack of key pieces from Brazil but is solved. "

He added: "In the case of trucks and buses, as they have more important parts of Brazil than the trucks, the production took a few more days to recover but it has already done so".

The case of automotive Regular Motors was very different. Spokesmen for the company explained that "fortunately the truckers' strike in Brazil did not affect operations in Argentina, so the company continued to produce." (Télam)

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