Hundreds of automotive companies are not operating or operating at a limited output due to the extended holidays in the country and suspension of public transport systems in some of the cities affected by the coronavirus epidemic.
COVID-19 is the technical term for coronavirus, and we’re fairly certain that by now, you don’t need a further explanation as to what this is. As of the latest situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO), there were confirmed cases of coronavirus in 64 countries.
Hyundai Stops Car Production In Korea Due To Parts Shortage
Chinese suppliers are struggling to keep up with the demand, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Automotive companies announced they will try to boost production at their factories in South Korea and Southeast Asia.
Hyundai operates a total of seven factories in South Korea, which account for about 40 percent of the company’s global production output.
Coronavirus Hampering Jaguar Land Rover Supply Chains
Jaguar Land Rover has resulted in flying Chinese-made parts to Britain in suitcases following the outbreak of the coronavirus. The illness has caused problems for companies across all kinds of industries, hitting supply chains as key components can’t leave China.
Jaguar Land Rover isn’t the only firm to be hampered by the coronavirus outbreak. Fiat has also had to stop producing the 500L in Serbia after supply chain issues caused issues with its supply of audio equipment for the cars.
BMW Quarantines 150 Employees In Munich Over Coronavirus Concerns
According to a report from Automotive News Europe, the infected employee prompted BMW to tell 150 other employees to stay home under self-quarantine for two weeks. The infected individual works in the automaker’s research and development center and was allegedly in contact with approximately 150 others. How exactly the person contracted the virus is unknown, as this individual reportedly hadn’t traveled abroad recently.
Threat of the virus was enough, however, to kill one of the largest and longest-running auto shows for the 2020 season. Media days for the 2020 Geneva Motor Show would have kicked off, but the Swiss government placed a ban on events and gatherings of more than 1,000 people.
Lamborghini Closes Factory Until March 25 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Surprisingly, Ferrari is not shutting down the Maranello factory for the time being.
The Coronavirus resource center updated in real-time by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that after China, Italy has been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak. At the moment, a total of 12,462 cases have been reported so far in the country located in south-central Europe, with the dangerous virus causing 827 deaths. More than 1,000 people have made a full recovery, but the Coronavirus is still a real threat in Italy and many other parts of the world.
But while Lamborghini is closing up shop for the time being. Italy are reporting Ferrari isn’t taking the same drastic measure, at least not for the time being. The factory in Maranello will remain operational until further notice, which is quite surprising given the gravity of the Coronavirus pandemic.
FCA, GM, Ford Employees Are Working From Home Due To Coronavirus
Automakers look to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
It’s an odd time in America as companies, schools, and government agencies rush to respond to the spreading coronavirus. The Big Three – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, and General Motors – began asking employees who can work from home to do so, according to Automotive News. The directives come from the companies’ CEOs as they adjust to the changing situation with some increasing workplace sanitation while others limiting visitors and in-person meetings.
The mandates come after the spread of the coronavirus canceled the Geneva Motor Show and postponed the New York Auto Show, making things even more complicated for employees as automakers look to adjust to an increasingly isolated new reality. Other automakers, such as Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagen, are also taking precautions. Toyota is restricting travel and reducing meeting sizes while, along with Honda, increasing sanitation measures for its workplaces. Honda is also screening visitors to all its sites.
Ferrari Stops Production Until March 27 Due To Coronavirus
A tough decision during a tough time.
Ferrari explained to Bloomberg that it was starting to experience the Coronavirus’ impact on its supply chains as goods from across the globe became harder to acquire. This pause in production will allow suppliers to catch up with Ferrari’s needs while also keeping employees safe from their infection.
During the shutdown, Ferrari will continue to pay all of its workers and plans for a strong restart later this month. Only time will tell if the climate is ready for work to resume in two weeks or if the delay will be extended.