The situation in the automotive industry and caution in resuming production

The situation in the automotive industry and caution in resuming production
SITUATION IN THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY IN MEMBER STATES on 28 April 2020
THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY IS CAREFUL WHEN RETURNING PRODUCTION
 
CLEPA, through its communication with its members, highlighted a number of content that is important for the resumption of production:
· Spain, Italy, France, Belgium and several other governments have announced a staged relaxation of lockdown measures in the last couple of days, but lack of testing abilities and apps to track and trace the virus make several countries vulnerable to new outbreaks.
· The German government warned on Sunday that its smartphone app to log users' daily movements to help control the spread of the virus is still weeks away from completion.
· A ZDF survey found that only 47% of Germans would download the app, below the effectiveness rate of 60%.
· The French government will reveal more details on its contact tracing app at Tuesday.
· Doubts also remain on whether countries are testing sufficiently. According to the WHO, a positivity rate below 9% may be an indicator that countries are testing enough.
SITUATION IN THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY IN MEMBER STATES on 28 April 2020
 
Summarized by the CLEPE report:
AUSTRIA
  • Magna Steyr indicated on 9 April it is slowly restarting production, on 6 April production of protypes restarted, followed by production of Gclass. Extensive measures taken.
  • Magna Steyr stated that May 18 is the target date for restart of other usiness units.
  • BMW resumed production on 25 ApriL.
 
BELGIUM
  • Audi and Volvo have reopened their plants
 
BULGARIA
  • Several Bulgarian car parts manufacturers have suspended production since a national state of emergency was declared on March 13
 
CROATIA
  • Bentley is temporary closed.
  • Volkswagen plants closure could last until May.
 
CZECH REPUBLIC
  • 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.
 
FINLAND
  • PSA is currently in talks with the unions to resume production.
 
FRANCE
  • Toyota has reopen its plants, with only one of its usual three shifts running at first.
  • Renault has restarted operations at its factory in Flins, France, where it builds the Renault Zoe electric small car and the Nissan Micra small hatchback. Renault’s other French car plants will resume production in May. Three component factories in France — the engine plant in Cleon, chassis component plant in Le Mans, and a reconditioned spare parts plant in Choisy-leRoi — resumed work on a limited basis this week.
 
GERMANY
  • Volkswagen has reopened its plants. Production capacity in the Wolfsburg plant will be at around 10 per cent to 15 percent to begin with, and reach around 40 percent of pre-crisis levels in the week.
  • Volkswagen restarted component production for Chinese market on 14 April.
  • Mercedes-Benz plants in Sindelfingen and Bremen are also making preparations to ramp up production.
  • Opel factories remain closed.
  • BMW is cranking up engine manufacturing.
  • BMW plans to restart output at its biggest European plant in Dingolfing, Germany, and its plants in Munich, Leipzig and Regensburg between 4 and 18 May.
  • Mann resumed production on 27 April.
 
HUNGARY
  • Mercedes will gradually restart production in Kecskemét on April 28th.
  • Audi was the first to restart production.
  • Suzuki has reopened its car plant in Esztergom on April 29th, although with only a single shift.
  • Opel announced preparations for the relaunch without specifying an exact date.
 
IRELAND
  • Kostal to close its Irish plants temporarily
 
ITALY
  • FiatChrysler will open its Sevel plant in central Italy on Monday, with plans to resume production at a rate of between 70%-80%.
  • Ferrari is getting ready to restart production at Maranello facility.
 
NETHERLANDS
  • Nedcar plans to restart production of BMW X1 and Mini on 4 May
POLAND
  • Toyota has reopen its plants, with only one of its usual three shifts running at first.
  • Fiat Chrysler will start up again on April 24.
  • Opel factories remain closed.
 
PORTUGAL
  • Volkswagen plants have restart production.
  • Dacia says it is gradually restarting its component and stamping activities as from April 21Assembly won’t resume before May 4.
  • Renault has resumed production
 
ROMANIA
  • Dacia plans restart from 21 April onwards.
  • Renault plant also expected to reopen
 
RUSSIA
  • Volkswagen plants have restart production
 
SLOVAKIA
  • Volkswagen has reopen its plants.
  • Kia has resumed its production.
  • PSA resumed its manufacturing operations.
  • Jaguar Land Rover Slovakia, will resume production on May 18.
 
SLOVENIA
  • 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.
 
SPAIN
  • Seat announced on 20.04 that it will restart production on the 27th of April, with its 4 plants in the Barcelona area returning to work in a staged manner.
  • Nissan has not decided when it will reopen its plant in Barcelona.
  • Renault plans 1 shift production restart in Valladolid and Sevilla.
  • PSA’s Opel and Citroën will remain closed for now.
 
SWEDEN
  • Volvo Cars reopened its Torslanda factory this week after overhauling its production processes.
 
TURKEY
  • Most of the Turkish automotive companies have reopened manufacturing plants.
 
UNITED KINGDOM
  • Manufacturers in England can continue to operate, as long as they follow the guidance to protect employees.
  • Vauxhall plans physically distanced car production in UK.
  • Toyota will keep its plants closed until mid May.
  • Nissan will start prodcution at the end of the month.
  • Vauxhall plants in the UK remain closed.
  • Jaguar Land Rover is planning to restart production in Solihull on 18 May.
  • BMW aims to reopen its factory building Rolls-Royce cars in Goodwood, England, on May 4.
  • Mini will start on May 18.