BERLIN -- Audi AG said on Thursday it would maintain output of its A4 and A8 cars next week after a key supplier struck a deal to end a strike at a gearbox plant in eastern Germany.
"The situation has changed," an Audi spokesman said, noting that the supplier, gearbox maker GKN Gelenkwellenwerk Mosel GmbH, had struck a deal with engineering union IG Metall to end strike action on Thursday in support of a shorter, 35-hour week.
Both Audi and Munich-based car maker BMW AG had warned on Wednesday of possible production bottlenecks next week if the strike action in eastern Germany, now in its 18th day, continued to affect suppliers.
However BMW AG said on Thursday it still expected it would be forced to shorten production next week as it was dependent on the situation at another supplier, ZF Getriebe GmbH, in Brandenburg.
A ZF spokesman told Reuters on Thursday partial production had resumed after workers were able to cross picket lines but could not say when output would be back to normal. The strike at ZF is due to run until at least Saturday.