MILAN -- A production freeze has been extended at a Stellantis factory in Italy that builds Jeep and Fiat models.
Stellantis said in a statement it had decided to completely suspend activity at the plant in Melfi on Monday and Tuesday and on Feb. 22-23.
The factory produces the Jeep Renegade and Compass and Fiat's 500X.
The production halt followed a last-minute notification from a supplier last week that it could not provide "electronic devices due to the lack of semiconductors," Stellantis said.
"This confirms the current phase of pandemic uncertainty at a global level, with the consequent need to adjust production programs on a daily basis," the automaker said.
The Melfi plant was halted over the whole of the last week, while production at Turin's Mirafiori facility was frozen for two days the week before.
Stellantis has asked for flexible furlough schemes until the end of March for the Melfi plant, which would allow the company to cut production in the coming weeks based on the demand outlook and parts supply status.