The factories of Ford, Fiat, Peugeot and Toyota in Argentina are facing a severe crisis due to lack of tires. The strike by the tire union has paralyzed factories in the sector and is now directly affecting the auto industry. This is evidenced by the discontinuation of Hilux and SW4 production.
The news Infobay Diary It was revealed that Toyota was moving to the Zárate plant indefinitely. The plant currently produces 600 units of Hilux and SW4 per day, of which 80% is for export. Most of this volume is absorbed by Brazil. However, the Hilux is the third best-selling car in Argentina, behind the Fiat Cronos and the Peugeot 208.
Because car production apparently requires tires, Toyota’s production line has been put on hold and there is no date for a return. At Fiat, the production inventory for the Kronos is still 10 days, while Ford has already stopped production of the Ranger and Peugeot is yet to disclose the situation.
Today, the Toyota plant in Argentina alone has 7,500 direct jobs, 1,200 indirect jobs and a chain of 35,000 workers directly involved with Hilux and SW4 production. As the factory shut down, collective vacations were decided, but there was no indication of what the situation would look like and how long it would last.