Floods stop production of Porsches in Leipzig

FRANKFURT (REUTERS) - Floods in the Czech Republic are disrupting supply of Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle bodies to the Volkswagen unit's Leipzig plant, resulting in the loss of a production shift.

"We have a bottleneck in the supply of car bodies built in the Volkswagen plant in Bratislava, which are transported by train across the Czech Republic to our plant in Leipzig," a spokesman for the company said on Wednesday.

Workers on the early shift, which runs between 4am and 12pm GMT (12pm and 8pm Singapore time), will not be coming to work on Thursday.

This will impact the final assembly of the Panamera four-door coupe as well, even though there is no similar supply problem since bodies are produced in the northern German city of Hanover.

Depending on the transport conditions, management will then decide if further shifts need to be cancelled.

The spokesman said several hundred workers would be affected by Thursday's move, but added that Porsche's flexible production system allows the carmaker to offset the lost output through additional shifts at a later date.

According to the company, the plant produces 450 vehicles per day in three shifts.