As a result of supply bottlenecks caused by the strikes, BMW has stopped production of the 3-series, which B&D Forecast estimates is causing daily turnover losses of approximately 38 million euros.
Now the manufacturer is looking for strategies to protect itself from the effects of strikes outside Bavaria. "The whole supplier chain will be examined," a BMW manager announced. It is being considered to obtain components from more than one supplier in future -- preferably from companies in the West. "IG Metall has opened Pandora's box," a BMW spokesman said. It is also being considered to reduce the number of suppliers in eastern Germany for the new plant in Leipzig. The Metal and Electronics Industry Association fears that hundreds of jobs will be lost in the former East Germany due to the strikes. Several foreign corporations have frozen their plans to invest in the region.