Coronavirus has now also hit the world hard. Several of the major european car brands and car manufacturers with production in Europe now choose to close their factories temporarily.
Italian Fiat and French Renault have shut down car production. The same PSA group, which owns, among others, Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Opel. Daimler group including Mercedes-Benz, has also closed down car manufacturing in Europe
Volkswagen informs now, in a press release that bilgigantens factories for both cars and vans will shut down in two weeks.
Volkswagen's factories for passenger cars in Wolfsburg, Emden, Dresden, Osnabrück, germany, Zwickau, Bratislava (Slovakia) and Pamplona (Spain), Palmela (Portugal) is closing down in two weeks from Thursday, 19. march.
the Spread of coronavirusset in Europe, burdens the demand in higher and higher degree. At the same time, the supply of parts from subcontractors to our factories more and more difficult. We have therefore decided that the production be shut down in a coordinated way, when the evening shift ends on Thursday 19/3, says Ralf Brandstätter, who is the COO of Volkswagen passenger Cars.
- We are convinced that it is also for our employees best, they are also more and more concerned over the spread of the corona, he says.
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the U.s. Ford also closes temporarily down for the european factories, with effect from the 19. march as a result of the corona virus.
In a press release informs Ford that the temporary produktionslukning is expected to last for several weeks, depending on virus spreading, national recommendations and injunctions, leverandørbegrænsninger m.m.
- Although coronavirussens effect on our facilities so far have been limited, its effect on our employees, dealers, suppliers and customers, as well as european society in general is unprecedented. Because of this crisis, with dramatic impact on the european market and leverandørindustrien we stop temporarily the production in all of our factories on the continent, says Stuart Rowley, Ford Europe's president.
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