Mini factory pauses production

Production at the Mini factory in Oxford has been halted due to a shortage in semi-conductors.

The factory stopped operating on Monday and will remain closed for the rest of this week.

A spokesman for BMW said: “As a result of the global semiconductor shortage, an issue that has affected the entire automotive industry for the last year, Plant Oxford is making some short-term adjustments to its production schedule.

“Plant Oxford is standing down five days of production – Monday 21 February to Friday 25 February inclusive, for all shifts. We are monitoring the situation very closely and are in constant communication with our associates and suppliers.”

The company has said that all 3,800 workers at the plant will continue to be paid as normal.