Ukraine war causes lengthy delays in the delivery of new MAN trucks

Will Shiers
April 9, 2023

MAN Truck & Bus is warning of considerable delays for new MAN trucks following a shortage of wiring harnesses caused by the war in Ukraine, and is offering its customers the option of cancelling orders.

In a statement the truck maker said the harnesses, which are normally manufactured in Ukraine, can only be produced to a very limited extent. Although immediately after the outbreak of war it took measures “to duplicate Ukrainian supply structures for truck wiring harnesses in other countries” this takes several months. As a result, as of 14 March production has been at a standstill at its Munich and Krakow plants.

It continued: “This threatens a loss of truck production for several weeks and a massive reduction in production in the second quarter.”

Up to 11,000 MAN employees in Germany will go on short-time work, with the Executive Board also taking significant wage cuts over the next three months.

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Will Shiers

Will Shiers has held an HGV licence since the age of 21, and has been writing about commercial vehicles for the past 25 years. He started his career as technical editor on Motor Transport, before taking on the editorship of Truck & Driver. Since 2011 he has been the editor of industry leading weekly publication Commercial Motor. Will is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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