Two of world's biggest car manufacturers are suffering due to the recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland.
The ash clouds formed by the eruption of the Volcano Eyjafjallajokull have affected Nissan and BMW production. Components necessary to the production line have not been delivered due to the disruption of European airspace, according to information released by both companies on 20 April.
Nissan is running out of air-pressure sensors, which were due to be delivered from Ireland (tyre pressure sensor), and were destined for use in their Cube, Murano and Rogue vehicles. Production is expected to be cut to 2000 vehicles a day on certain days this week due to this problem.
As for BMW, the disruption caused partial suspension of production in three BMW plants in Germany, given the difficulty of receiving imported electronic components. The production of some 7000 cars will be affected.
Activities at Nissan's plants were expected to be back to normal yesterday, while BMW hopes to get back to full production by the end of the week. The costs involved have not yet been released.