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Volkswagen Warns of Production Shift From Germany Over Gas Shortage

  • Manufacturer says many suppliers affected by gas issues
  • Measures could include relocation of supplier manufacturing
Workers assemble a Volkswagen AG electric automobile at the automaker's factory in Dresden, Germany.

Workers assemble a Volkswagen AG electric automobile at the automaker's factory in Dresden, Germany.

Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg
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Volkswagen AG is exploring ways to help its broad supplier network in Europe counter a shortage in natural gas, including making more parts locally and shifting manufacturing capacity. 

Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest carmaker, said Thursday that relocation of production capacity for some component makers is among options in the medium term if gas shortages last much beyond this winter. Suppliers in central and eastern Europe are most reliant on Russia gas, while VW has major factories in Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as facilities in southern Europe.