Hacked VDL NedCar hopes to resume production next week

Due to a major cyber attack on VDL in the night from Wednesday to Thursday, production at NedCar came to a standstill on Thursday and Friday. The BMW X1 and various Mini models will be built at the Born site until 2023.

Chip shortages

VDL says it would be ‘fantastic’ if NedCar starts rolling again on Thursday. Due to the persistent chip shortages, no production was planned at NedCar for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday anyway, he says. Regular production was scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

According to VDL, there is still no insight into the nature of the cyber attack. He also declined to say whether a ransom was demanded by the hackers. “Nothing has changed from Thursday.” VDL is still conducting research, assisted by a cybersecurity company.

No emails

The hack disabled the online systems, making it impossible for employees to even send emails. And because many processes are highly automated and digitized, the problems also affected production. Many production employees were therefore sent home.

The VDL Groep consists of 105 companies, all of which were affected by the computer hacking. More than 15,000 employees work for VDL in nineteen countries. The company had a turnover of 4.7 billion euros last year.

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