Throughout the afternoon of this Friday, the plant of Nissan in the Free Zone announced that it had halted its production, at least until next Monday, as reported by the newspaper ABC. The main reason is due to the inability to transfer wheels (rim + tire) from a supplier located in the isolated area of Igualada, (Barcelona). However, the Japanese manufacturer has not announced the spread of the coronavirus from any of the plant’s employees.
Renault and Nissan stop production at their plants due to coronavirus
According to EFE, the Minister of Business of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Àngels Chacon, announced on Friday that the Government is working to establish a “white zone” in the Igualada area, confined by the coronavirus, to allow that in certain cases they can enter and ship necessary goods in some factories. This measure would apply to “Very special sectors”, for example “The manufacture of components that affects the value chain of other companies”, such as the automotive industry, as Chacon explained.
Renault also announced yesterday that it would interrupt production in all its Spanish factories in the coming days March 16 and 17 (Monday and Tuesday) by the COVID-19 outbreak. The reason, as at Nissan, is due to a lack of some supplies needed for vehicle assembly. The plants that will be affected by the suspension of the activity are those of Palencia, Seville and Valladolid.
The factories of Renault and Nissan are not the only ones that have announced interruptions due to the coronavirus, since Seat Martorell closes plant on Monday due to coronavirus and will propose a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) that could affect about 10,500 employees. The plant of Mercedes Benz in Vitoria, it has also proposed another ERTE as a measure to deactivate the activity in the factory. For now, Volkswagen Navarra and Ford Almusafes continue with their usual activity.