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19. December 2007

Mercedes car production held up by castings shortage

Stuttgart (Germany) - Daimler has told some of its Mercedes-Benz car assembly-line staff to stay home over the Christmas vacation period because output is being held up by a shortage of castings, a spokeswoman for the German said Tuesday. The castings bottleneck was first disclosed last week when production at the main Mercedes-Benz truck plant, at Woerth near Stuttgart, was reduced by a short supply of the metal mechanical parts.

The spokeswoman said the car plants at Sindelfingen and at Bremen in the north of Germany were not as badly affected as the truck site.

She said staff had been told to take between two and five days more vacation than planned between December 25 and January 1, but added she could not say how many staff were affected or how big the reduction in car output would be.

The hold-up has been attributed to capacity problems at a German factory belonging to Swiss group Georg Fischer Automotive.

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