Report: Shortage of Vehicle Carpets

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 26th, 2011

A shortage of vehicle carpets and floormats, caused by flood damage at a key supplier in Pennsylvania, has forced at least five Chrysler and General Motors assembly plants to cut production. As auto trimmers, this shortage may affect us as well – as it could result in a temporary increase in the price of automotive carpeting.

Reuters news agency reports:

Heavy rains flooded a plant in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, operated by Switzerland’s Autoneum Holding AG last week, the company said on the plant’s website.

Chrysler was forced to cancel production shifts at a total of three plants in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario because of a shortage of carpet, a a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

GM also took steps to slow output at two assembly plants, one in Michigan and one in Ontario, a spokesman said.

Ford Motor Co said it was monitoring its inventory of carpet and floormats but as of Wednesday night had not lost any production. […]

The plant also supplies carpet to Toyota Motor Co, Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG. [more]

Plants affected by the shutdown produce a range of vehicles – from the Chevrolet Equinox and Cadillac CTS to Dodge Charger and Jeep Liberty.

Though it’s not clear how long it will take for the carpet supplier to resume normal operations, a long disruption can cause a shift in the market for automotive carpets. A reduction in supply, with demand remaining the same, is likely to increase the price of carpets for automakers, as well as aftermarket dealers – like auto trim shops.

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4 Responses

  1. David says:

    thanks for the heads up. I work with new cars.any stoppage hurts. last years toyota throttle issues, really hurt my company with leather installs. It seems it’s one thing after another. new cars are having more issues,due to cutting corners on quality. this is parts and interior panels. one manufacture uses nuts for seats.these nuts have no density of metal. I can crush it with channel locks. 14 mm front seat nut to hold to car chassis. same car has beer cooler material for rear wings. weight reduction = more serious accidents. I will commend jeep. 18 mm bolts and nuts. these seats are going nowhere in accident. hate working on new jeeps, but they don’t cut corners on mounting hardware. David

    • Naseem Muaddi says:

      Ya 18 mil. is impressive. I’m used to seeing 13 and 14 mil only with maybe a 17 mil in the rear. What gets me, is when I remove a headliner from a new car and underneath is bare sheetmetal with no bracing. How could that ever hold up in an accident? God forbid the car rolls over, the passengers would never surrive.

  2. Margie says:

    re Ford comment, fyi, are they’re building them without carpet? Ford is telling customers this week that their vehicles are delayed due to carpet shortages. Vehicles appear to be built but “waiting” for carpet.

  3. Martin Dion says:

    I would like order bleu carpet kit for international scout 800 aristocra. Do you have and how much it is ?
    Thank Martin


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