Tesla has announced a temporary halt in production at its German factory, located near Berlin, due to disruptions in the Red Sea caused by recent attacks. The electric vehicle manufacturer stated on Thursday night that the production pause, affecting the manufacturing of Model Y vehicles and batteries, will be in effect from January 29 to February 11.
This development highlights the broader impact of conflicts in the Middle East on global manufacturing supply chains, particularly affecting shipping routes. Shipping companies report having to reroute vessels around the southern tip of Africa, significantly extending travel times by 10 days or more.
Tesla attributed the disruption in its Grünheide factory to the armed conflicts in the Red Sea, causing shifts in transport routes between Europe and Asia. The company emphasized that the extended transport times are creating gaps in the supply chains, prompting the temporary suspension of production.
The United States led airstrikes against Yemen’s Houthi rebels in response to their attacks on Red Sea shipping. These geopolitical events are affecting various industries, and Tesla’s decision to pause production underscores the ripple effects on the automotive sector.
Normal operations at the Grünheide factory are expected to resume on February 12. This facility, Tesla’s first in Europe, commenced operations in 2022 and currently employs 11,000 workers. The temporary production halt illustrates the interconnectedness of global supply chains and the vulnerability of manufacturing processes to geopolitical disruptions.