Daimler expects to continue to run out of chips in 2022

The Daimler logo will be seen before the automaker’s annual shareholders meeting in Berlin, Germany, on April 5, 2018. (HannibalHanschke / Reuters)

Marcus Schäfer, chief technology officer at Berlin-Daimler, said luxury automakers expect chip supplies to continue to be in short supply throughout 2022, especially in the first half of this year.

“The lack of chips will accompany us in 2022, especially in the first half,” Schaefer told journalists at the roundtable.

“We don’t expect a significant increase in capacity in the first half of this year … these are rarely realized throughout the year,” he said.

Daimler, which will soon be renamed Mercedes-Benz, saw a 23.9% year-on-year decrease in vehicle production in October 2021 and a 21.8% decrease in November production. This reflects the decline in production as automakers around the world struggle to get enough chips to meet demand.