AGCO/Fendt has suspended production at its Marktoberdorf and Asbach-Bäumenheim sites due to supplier issues.
The agricultural equipment manufacturer suspended operations on April 22nd, 2021, for seven working days.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic, supply chains worldwide continue to be strained.”
“The third wave is affecting industry throughout Europe. Volatile material inflows continue to limit the production capacities of many manufacturers, including AGCO/Fendt.”
“Due to the complete production shut down by a major German supplier of cast components, the Fendt tractor plant network will have to suspend production from April 22nd to April 30th briefly.”
‘A state of emergency’
Christoph Gröblinghoff, chairman of the AGCO/Fendt management board, commented:
“The industry has been in a state of emergency in the area of production for a year now, partly due to complete production shutdowns at suppliers or delays in transport. Of course, this also affects us as a manufacturer.”
“At the same time, the agricultural machinery industry worldwide is experiencing a tailwind not seen since 2011.”
“We have full order books for Fendt tractors and will take various measures to make up for the production backlog in the coming months to supply our customers worldwide,” Gröblinghoff concluded.
Last year, the company suspended tractor production at its sites in Marktoberdorf and Asbach-Bäumenheim because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a precaution, the firm requested short-time work for the staff of the tractor production and got approval for it
The company said: “The complete closure of important production sides in Europe means that important supplier components are not available anymore, and the production is only sufficient until March 24, 2020. Despite the good numbers of orders, the tractor production has to be stopped on March 25, 2020.”
Gröblinghoff said: “At AGCO, the safety of our employees, dealers and farmers is the absolute focus of our efforts.”
“At the same time, we want to ensure that our customers can continue to work and provide food for the population.”
“As a responsible company, we apply strict hygiene rules and offer home office solutions wherever possible. At the same time, we also secure our company to be able to remain profitable and stable on the market.”
“The same applies to our sales partners who want to serve the farmers in the best possible way, especially now in spring ordering and sowing. Because of the missing parts, we do not see any other possibility than to stop the production.”
“When we can start again with the tractor production depends on the parts availability of our suppliers. As soon as the supply chain is working again, we are starting again,” he concluded.