CLEPA review of COVID-19

CLEPA review of COVID-19

           

CLEPA provided a longer overview of the facts, predictions and activities related to the corona virus. We draw particular attention to a brief analysis of the impact on the automotive industry.

 

COVID-19, INFECTION FORM:

 

According to the latest data from John Hopkins University, there are now more than 2 million confirmed cases worldwide, with 121,000 people dead. Italy, Germany, France and Spain see the number of newly confirmed cases falling, and the spread of the disease in the UK appears to have stabilized. France has extended the lock-up until May 11, after which kindergartens and schools will slowly reopen and industrial production remains possible if special conditions are met. Spain eases the lock on Monday, allowing production to restart, while Italy decides to extend the lock due to most facts until May 3. WHO warned on Tuesday of prematurely easing restrictions: "90% of cases globally come from Europe and the US, so we certainly don't see the peak. Cases are decreasing in Italy and Spain, and Turkey and the UK continue to show an increase."

Although not binding, most European countries will struggle to adhere to guidelines published by the World Health Organization to ease restrictions, such as the ability to carry out extensive testing and follow-up and find new infections. In the meantime, it seems that social distance measures in the US would help stabilize the spread of Covid-19. President Trump, however, on Tuesday halted U.S. funding by the United States, many considered a way to divert attention from the administration's management of the crisis.

 

 

Covid-19, Medical Progress:

There are 70 virus vaccines globally, with three candidates already tested for human trials, but WHO does not expect a vaccine in the next 12 months.

Several drugs are currently being tested for other diseases, the biggest goal of which is to stop the virus from spreading or to shut down the body's immune system, which goes into overdrive.

Gilead is expected to share findings from two Phase 3 trials evaluating remdesivir in moderate and severe COVID-19 patients in May, which could be one of the drugs that help better control the impact of the disease as long as the vaccine is available. After immunity recovery, another major unknown remains, and some recovered patients have very little or no measurable antibodies. Dr. Robert Gallo, the developer of the first HIV antibody test, indicated that high antibody measurements do not guarantee that the patient cannot become ill again and that the true antibody test must be very accurate to ensure that the right type of antibody is measured.

 

 ENTERTAINMENT AND ENTERTAINMENT MEASURES COVID-19:

 

 CLEPA has prepared an overview of containment measures in Member States. The review also includes the most recent OEM announcements of planned resumption of production by country.

 

  

Country

Shut down of Dealership (new car sales)

Shut down of Workshops (Repair/Maintenance)

Automotive industry classified as essential (OEM and component production)

Announcements by industry

Lockdown until

Austria

Open as of 14 April

Open

Production possible if social distancing measures are implemented

Magna Steyr indicated on 9 April it is slowly restarting production, on 6 April production of protypes restarted, followed by production of G-class. Extensive measures taken.

Started easing restrictions

Belgium

Dealers cannot open their showrooms on weekends, but repair and parts sales are allowed.

Emergency and essential repairs

Automotive not listed as essential, production allowed to continue if social distancing measures are implemented

Audi plans restart of Brussels plant as of 20 April.

19 April

Croatia

Open as of 14 April

Open - workshops were exempted from closure

Production possible if social distancing measures are implemented

Started easing restrictions

Czech Republic

Closed exception of service parts that are still open

Open - workshops exempted from closure

Production possible if social distancing measures are implemented

The Hyundai plant in Nosovice was allegedly the first car factory in the Czech Republic to resume operations after a three-week Corona break. Škoda Auto extended the shutdown of production at all three of its Czech plants due to the pandemic coronavirus until 27 April.

Started easing restrictions

Finland

Some open some closed

Some open some closed

Production possible if social distancing measures are implemented

13 May

France

 All sales activities are prohibited, except for deliveries. Repair services and parts sales will continue.

Open - workshops exempted from closure

Automotive not listed as essential, but production is allowed if sufficient safety requirements are implemented

Toyota wants to resume production at its Onnaing site, near Valenciennes, from April 21, 2020. At least one union has protested.

11 May

Germany

Closed until April 19th, some available online only

Depeding on state restrictions, apply, some closed some open

Automotive production allowed with additional requirements

VW restarted component production for Chinese market on 14 April. Daimler plans restart with one shift a day on 20 April.

4/19/2020, further guidance expected on 15 April

Hungary

Open - with restricted opening hours

Pick-up and drop-off service only

Production possible if social distancing measures are implemented

Audi is slowly starting up its production, starting at the Györ plant in Hungary. A first engine assembly line with around 100 employees has opened there 14.04. It will only be operated in one instead of the usual three shifts. According to a spokeswoman, the production is several hundred engines a day.

Indefinitely

Italy

Only repair, maintenance and related activities, such as parts sales are permitted

Closed

Automotive not listed as essential industry, production not allowed

FCA reached agreement with unions on restart when allowed. Ferrari is getting ready to restart production at Maranello facility.

3 May

Netherlands

Open

Open

Production possible if social distancing measures are implemented

Nedcar plans to restart production of BMW X1 and Mini on 4 May.

28 April

Poland

Open

Open

Production allowed if social distancing requirements are implemented

Toyota plans slow production restart from 22 April

4/19/2020, easing will start on 19 April

Portugal

Some open some closed

Some open some closed

Production possible if social distancing measures are implemented

Renault has resumed production. Volkswagen's Portuguese factory will initially start at 27 April with two shifts, with the remaining workers remaining on a layoff regime.

1 May

Romania

Open

Open

Production possible if social distancing measures are implemented

Dacia plans restart from 21 April onwards, Renault plant also expected to reopen.

15 May

Slovakia

Closed - only online sales

Emergency and essential repairs

Production possible if social distancing measures are implemented

Only in Nitra's Jaguar Land Rover plant few people are preparing to launch production of Defender.

Indefinitely

Slovenia

Open as of 14 April

Open

Restart allowed with additional requirements

Companies which have suspended their production due to the coronavirus epidemic are gradually restarting operations. Renault plant in Novo Mesto to restart on 21 April.

Started easing restrictions

Spain

Open

Open

Non-essential workers in industries like manufacturing and construction have been allowed to return since 14.04 — tentatively

Renault plans 1 shift production restart in Valladolid and Sevilla. VW and PSA have indicated publicly to plan to restart 20.04

4/1/2026, extension likely

Sweden

Open

Open

Production was continuosly allowed with additional requirements

Volvo Cars extends production stop in Sweden until April 20th. Previously, the plan was to start after Easter, April 14. According to Volvo Cars, the extended production stoppage is partly due to the fact that car sales have decreased and that it is difficult to get all parts to production.

Much less restrictions

United Kingdom

Closed

Open

Manufacturing was not included in shutdown as announced by government, treasury communicated last week that manufacturing should still be possible if conditions are respected

JLR was planning to reopen on the 22st, but postponed for the time being.

5/7/2020, likely to be extended