By Jaroslaw Adamowski
Sochaux, France — PSA Group has been forced to cut production of its Peugeot 3008 compact crossover because Recticel cannot supply enough PU foam surfaces from its Most, Czech plant, the car maker has announced.
In January 2017, Recticel declared force majeure at its plant in Most, Czech Republic, following a fire at one of the Czech facility’s production halls. Due to the incident, the French car maker temporarily halted production of the compact crossover at the factory in Sochaux.
According to a trade union source at the French plant, the current situation is due to a workforce shortage in Most. The Belgian manufacturer has not been able to recruit enough employees to ensure that its PU foam production lines work on both day and night shifts in response to the rising demand from PSA, the representative told local daily L’Est Républicain.
Recticel said its interiors division is the sole worldwide supplier of patented polyurethane sprayed skins for automotive interiors.
In addition to PSA, Recticel’s Czech plant supplies its output to various automotive industry players. These include Faurecia, Johnson Controls, Magna, Visteon, IAC, PVT, Grupo Antolin and Decoma, according to data from the producer.