The automotive industry in the United Kingdom is gradually coming to a halt after automakers, Toyota, Honda, and BMW resolved to temporarily close their UK factories due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Naijauto learned Vauxhall and Nissan have already shut down their car plants because of declining sales and the inability to get parts as caused by the outbreak.
BMW will be closing its car factories in the UK to stop the spread of coronavirus
Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover will also stop production in a few days’ time.
General Motors and Ford
Coming to North America, General Motors and Ford have also decided to shut down their factories because of the coronavirus.
General Motors and Ford disclosed they will shut down their plants in Mexico, Canada, and the US until the end of March. While on the closure, the plant will be cleaned up and procedures adjusted to curb the spread of the virus.
The cleaning is coming after one of Ford's workers tested positive for the virus in Michigan.
According to reports, BMW has 8,000 workers in the UK factory. The automaker runs a mini car plant near Oxford and also in Hams Hall and Swindon. Rolls-Royce cars are said to be produced at Goodwood.
In a statement, the automaker said,
Due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic we have taken the difficult decision to cease production at our production sites at Oxford and Swindon as of Monday next week [23 March] for a period of four weeks until 17 April.
The plans for Hams Hall are under development and a subsequent announcement will be made
Factory workers will receive their salaries during the four weeks they're expected to stay at home.
The Japanese automaker, Toyota, will be halting production at its plants in Europe. They include the Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, and the engine site in Deeside. The closure has already taken effect till further notice.
About 3,000 people work in the two plants and Toyota says they will be given two weeks paid leave.
Their manufacturing facilities in North America will be closed from 23-24 of March, to be reopened on the 25th of the same month.
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Toyota intends to give its 3,000 workers two weeks paid leave
The automaker said,
This action is being taken to help ensure the health and safety of our employees, and due to an anticipated decline in market demand related to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the impact of the situation evolves, we will continue to evaluate conditions.
Honda suspended production yesterday and will be reopened on 6 April. The automaker's main plant in the UK, which employed 3,000 people, will be closed in 2021.
See the list of car manufacturers that are temporarily closing their plant.
- Fiat Chrysler
- Peugeot, Vauxhall and Opel brands owned by French automaker, PSA
- Mercedes Benz
- TPSA,co-owned by Toyota and PSA
- Sweden Volvo vehicles, owned by Geely of China
Parts to produce cars are no longer accessible to automakers because of the travel ban placed by countries
Due to the travel ban that's spreading across the globe, parts can no longer be accessed and people now avoid social contact, thereby reducing sales.
The Coronavirus outbreak has dealt a heavy blow on automakers in Europe, coupled with the Brexit and strict emission rules which have slowed down sales. Folks are now confined to their homes so no one is visiting dealerships.
Jaguar Land Rover said it will continue producing in the UK until next week if car parts are still available.
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