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Cars PSA Group closes European factories to prevent coronavirus spread

16:40  16 march  2020
16:40  16 march  2020 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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The logo of PSA Group is seen during the annual results news conference in Rueil-Malmaison, near Paris. PARIS (Reuters) - French carmaker PSA said on Monday the company will close its European factories until March 27 due to the coronavirus outbreak spread .

a car parked in front of a building: PSA builds the Vauxhall Astra at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire © Autocar PSA builds the Vauxhall Astra at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire

Groupe PSA has become the latest vehicle manufacturer to pause vehicle production in Europe, including both Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port and Luton plants, in response to the rapid acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic.

The manufacturing group, incorporating Peugeot, Citroën, Vauxhall/Opel and DS, outlined a detailed schedule of planned factory closures. As well as the two UK plants, the shutdown also affects facilities in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Slovakia.

A company statement listed “acceleration observed in recent days of serious COVID-19 cases close to certain production sites, supply disruptions from major suppliers” and “the sudden decline in the automobile markets” as the reasons behind the decision.

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PARIS (Reuters) - French carmaker PSA said on Monday the company will close its European factories until March 27 due to the coronavirus outbreak spread . "The chairman of the executive board with the members of the crisis unit decided on the closure of the vehicle production

European markets closed mixed Wednesday, as the number of coronavirus cases outside of China exceeded those inside the country for the first time. The spread of the coronavirus continues to rattle global markets as more cases are confirmed across Europe . Investors also monitored earnings

Starting today (16 March), Peugeot’s Mulhouse plant near Paris, which produces the 208 supermini, and the Madrid facility where Citroen builds the C4 Cactus, will be closed until Friday 27 March.

Tomorrow, the firm’s Poissy, Rennes, Sochaux, Zaragosa, Eisenach, Russelsheim, Ellesmere Port and Gliwice will also close their doors until next Friday. Before the end of the week, operations will also pause at Hordain, Vigo, Mangualde, Luton and Trnava.

The company said that, in the run-up to temporary closure at each site, it will ‘go beyond’ the recommendations of local health authorities in order to best prevent the spread of the virus.

The decision affects all PSA-owned brands, including Vauxhall, which currently builds the Astra at Ellesmere Port and its Vivaro van in Luton.

The announcement follows similar shutdowns at Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler's factories in Northern Italy and the halting of operations at Hyundai’s South Korean HQ. The UK government is in talked with vehicle manufacturers about whether the could begin producing medical ventilators.

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