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Stellantis, GM to bailout auto supplier Unique Fabricating

Stellantis, General Motors and Yanfeng Automotive Interior Systems, have agreed to bailout auto supplier Unique Fabricating

Three companies, Stellantis, General Motors, and Yanfeng Automotive Interior Systems, have agreed to a bailout package totaling $15 million to support the financially-troubled auto supplier Unique Fabricating.

The company provides plastic foam products used by multiple car manufacturers. Under the deal negotiated with the three automakers, Unique Fabricating will continue to furnish materials for the automotive industry under a set of conditions. The $15 million bailout will come in the form of price hikes and investments, enough to keep the business running until the end of October, before which the auto supplier must secure a buyout agreement. For the month of June, the enterprise will restructure its operations under the supervision of a chief restructuring consultant and an investment banker.

The aid comes six months after the plastics manufacturer announced it would be unable to provide an earnings report for Q4 2022 due to an ongoing investigation over internally prepared financial statements. The company was also the subject of a now-closed labor-rights investigation in Mexico, supported by the U.S. government. Only after entering the deal arranged by the three automakers did Unique Fabricating face insolvency over its monetary issues and past-due loan payments. A separate agreement with its lender, Citizens Bank, will see the auto supplier pay the interest on its delinquent loans and legal fees.

Auto suppliers have faced substantial hardship due to the 2020 COVID outbreak. Although economic headwinds have lightened in 2023, industrial output still lags behind pre-pandemic rates in critical areas such as mineral processing and semiconductor manufacturing. The cooperation of two competing car manufacturers to prevent the collapse of Unique Fabricating signals the desperation with which companies seek to keep the world’s weakened supply chain stable.

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Colin Velez
Colin Velez
Colin Velez is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. After obtaining his bachelor’s in Communication from Kennesaw State University in 2018, he kicked off his writing career by developing marketing and public relations material for various industries, including travel and fashion. Throughout the next four years, he developed a love for working with journalists and other content creators, and his passion eventually led him to his current position. Today, Colin writes news content and coordinates stories with auto-industry insiders and entrepreneurs throughout the U.S.

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