Volkswagen AG (VOW)’s Porsche resumed production of the Cayenne sport-utility vehicles at its plant in Leipzig, Germany, after floods in the region brought the assembly line to a standstill.
“We’re starting today with one shift,” Siegfried Buelow, head of the plant, said a statement. “The supply situation however remains critical.” The company will decide day-by-day how many vehicles can be produced.
Porsche this morning paused production on the line, where the Cayenne and Panamera four-door coupe are built, because high water levels in the Czech Republic hampered freight train delivery of components manufactured in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The floods, triggered by unseasonal heavy rainfall, are part of the worst in central Europe since 2002, when rising waters overwhelmed towns and cities in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Danube region. About 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the state of Saxony and thousands more in Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria. Rail, road and river traffic has been disrupted by the rising waters.
Pre-assembly work for the Panamera continued during the day. The plant normally makes 450 cars a day on three shifts, Julia Pirlich, a spokeswoman of the sports carmaker said on the phone today.
The production halt in Leipzig, which is situated in Saxony, affected several hundred of the 1,250 employees at the plant, Pirlich said. “Because of our flexible production system, we’re able to make up for the lost vehicles.”
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, which also has a plant in Leipzig, is not facing any production disruption from the floods, Frank Wienstroth, a company spokesman, said yesterday by phone.