Problems at one of its suppliers has forced German carmaker BMW to halt production in Leipzig and some of its plants in China and South Africa.

German magazine Focus reported in its online edition that production in Munich was also reduced for two days last week.

In a statement from BMW Group, South Africa the car manufacturer said its supplier BOSCH is not currently able to provide it “with a sufficient number of steering gears for the BMW 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series and 4 Series.

“This means that only limited vehicle production is currently possible at various BMW Group plants in Germany. Plant Tiexi in China and Plant Rosslyn in South Africa have extended or pulled-forward planned interruptions to production. The situation is unlikely to change this week.

“MINI production and production of BMW X models and our larger model series, the BMW 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series, is not affected.

“The relevant purchasing and production departments are doing everything possible to find a solution as quickly as possible. We are taking advantage of the flexibility of our processes to minimise economic damage”.
Focus said the disruptions would cost BMW double-digit millions of euros a day, without saying where it got its information from.