Nissan Closes Sunderland Plant While Coronavirus Disrupts Industry

Nissan has closed its plant in Sunderland, Britain’s largest car plant, joining a number of car companies and the aerospace giant Airbus to halt production as the coronavirus pandemic causes industrial disruption generalized.

The massive closures occurred when the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, still in shock after its 737 Max planes were immobilized after two fatal accidents, asked the American government for financial assistance to support it during the Covid-19 epidemic. .

There is growing concern that the spread of the new coronavirus in Europe and the United States will have a serious impact on the global automotive industry. In European countries where infections are widespread, car dealerships have been closed due to government policy and some factories have been forced to shut down. Some have predicted that the US market will shrink rapidly. The impact on Japanese automakers is inevitable.

Especially in Europe, where the World Health Organization (WHO) has positioned itself as the “center of the global epidemic,” production and sales are particularly negative. In Italy, where the spread of infection is severe, shops are banned from the 12th for two weeks except for some that deal with daily necessities, and all dealers such as Nissan Motor, Honda and Suzuki are closed.

On the 16th, European and American automobile giant FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) announced that its plants in Italy, Serbia and Poland will be shut down on the 27th. According to Western media, Volkswagen (VW) Group’s luxury car brand Lamborghini will also cease production in Italy for two weeks.

The Spanish government also announced on Tuesday that it is prohibited to go out unless it is necessary to buy food and other necessities and work needs. According The Spanish media , Nissan-French Renault, VW, Ford and others have suspended operations in Spain since the 13th. A Nissan spokeswoman said, “The movement of people has been restricted, which is affecting the parts supply network.”The French government also banned store operations for the time being, except for some parts that deal with daily necessities. Suzuki says its dealers are closed in France, Spain and Austria in addition to Italy.

In the aerospace industry, Airbus will suspend production from its French and Spanish facilities for the next four days in order to implement more stringent health and safety protocols, including more stringent sanitation and forced separation between workers.

Work will continue at major UK sites where Airbus designs, tests and manufactures aircraft wings, at Broughton in north Wales and Filton at Bristol.

In the United States, Boeing has already confirmed that it is in talks with senior White House officials and congressional leaders regarding short-term assistance to himself and the wider industry.

Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, will also halt assembly lines, with work stopping at factories across Europe for two weeks. Frank Witter, the company’s chief financial officer, said Tuesday that uncertainty about the severity and duration of the virus epidemic does not provide a reliable forecast for sales.

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Nissan has closed its plant in Sunderland, Britain’s largest car plant, joining a number of car companies and the aerospace giant Airbus to halt production as the coronavirus pandemic causes industrial disruption generalized.

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