PSA, FCA, Renault taking a break from production in Europe
PSA, FCA, Renault decided to close some factories for a while. The reason is the health of its employees and the decrease in demand in the automotive industry.
- 20-03-2020 08:45
The coronavirus outbreak that has erupted in China has taken over Europe. For this reason, the world's leading automotive manufacturers continue to close shutters in Europe.
Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has decided to suspend production by March 27 in almost all of its European plants, due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Production stopped at Melfi, Pomigliano, Cassino, Mirafiori, Grugliasco and Morena factories in Italy, Kragujevaj in Serbia and Tychy in Poland.
The coronavirus outbreak also hit Renault's home base. The manufacturer had previously closed its plants in China and Spain. Now they announced that they will stop production at their facilities in France.
Monday evening, production at 12 facilities of the company was stopped until the next announcement. 18 thousand employees were sent to their homes.
PSA Group also decided to close all its factories in Europe. The company includes brands such as Opel, Vauxhall, Citroen, Peugeot and DS. They announced that a total of 15 factories located in France, Poland, England, Germany, Spain and Slovakia will be closed until March 27.
The primary reason for the closure of the factories is the health of the employees. In addition, the sudden drop in demand in the industry and parts supply problems are among the main reasons.
German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen also announced that production will be interrupted at its factories in Slovakia, Italy, Portugal and Spain.