BMW wants com­pen­sa­tion from Bosch

New Straits Times - - Business World -

BMW AG will seek com­pen­sa­tion from Robert Bosch GmbH af­ter miss­ing parts for mod­els, in­clud­ing the best-sell­ing 3-Se­ries sedan caused pro­duc­tion stop­pages in Ger­many, China and South Africa.

A lack of steer­ing gears sup­plied by Bosch, the world’s largest car parts sup­plier, meant there were only lim­ited ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion at var­i­ous Ger­man plants, while fac­to­ries in Tiexi, China, and Ross­lyn, South Africa, had moved up or ex­tended planned in­ter­rup­tions, said BMW pur­chas­ing chief Markus Dues­mann.

Bosch said it was work­ing in­ten­sively with BMW to min­imise the im­pact. The dis­rup­tion was caused by a bot­tle­neck at an Ital­ian com­pany that sup­plied the cas­ings for Bosch’s elec­tron­ic­steer­ing sys­tems, said the Stuttgart, Ger­many-based firm.

It despatched em­ploy­ees to Italy to help solve the prob­lem as soon as pos­si­ble.

The open con­flict be­tween the two Ger­man car gi­ants is rare, but is un­likely to have a last­ing ef­fect on re­la­tions.

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