Stellantis was expected to halt production at its van-making plant in Atessa, Italy, this week due to a parts shortage, unions reportedly said on Friday.
The disruption would affect most workers at the factory, unions FIM, UILM and Fismic said in a statement quoted by Reuters.
Nicola Manzi, the local leader of the UILM metalworkers’ union, told Reuters the shortage affects components that use microchips, as well as other smaller components.
With over 5,000 workers and an annual production capacity of more than 300,000 units, the plant in Atessa, in central Italy’s Abruzzo region, is the largest van plant in Europe, Reuters noted.
It manufactures light commercial vehicles for the brands Fiat, Peugeot and Citroen, as well as for Toyota.
A spokesman for the automaker said the group has been making decisions about operations day-by-day, plant-by-plant since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.