Multinational automakers Toyota and Daimler announced that they will resume European factory operations one after another next week.
On April 14th local time, according to the Japan Economic News, Toyota said that it will resume production at its European factories from April 22nd. Almost all overseas factories of Toyota Motors except China have been suspended due to the new coronavirus epidemic. .
Toyota Motor ’s French plant will resume some production from April 22; the Polish plant will be reopened on the 23rd; the UK, Czech, and Turkish plants are expected to resume operations after May 4; the Russian plant’s production shutdown plan will continue until April 30 In the future, production is expected to resume on May 6.
Japan Economic News reported that Toyota has seven OEMs and two parts factories in Europe. For the entire year of 2019, Toyota produced 777,000 vehicles in Europe, accounting for 9% of its global production, a year-on-year (up from the same period last year) an increase of 0.4%.
In addition, Toyota’s South Africa and Southeast Asia plant closure time was extended again: the South Africa plant that produced “Corolla” and “Hilux” pickups was suspended until April 30; the Toyota Venezuela plant that was scheduled to resume production on April 13 was extended Until May 29; Toyota Motor Philippines parts plant production suspension date has been extended from mid-April to the end of the month, and the Thai plant will be suspended until the end of April.
According to Reuters, Daimler announced that from April 20th, a parts factory in Germany will gradually start production. But before April 30, Daimler said it would shorten the working hours of workers.
BMW said that the factory will continue to stop production until the end of this month. BMW CEO Oliver Zipse (Oliver Zipse) said: “We are working with suppliers to discuss the gradual restart of business operations as permitted.
Since the outbreak of the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic in overseas, car manufacturers have temporarily stopped production, and car sales will be greatly affected. The international credit rating agency Moody’s has sharply lowered its global auto sales forecast for 2020 three times this year. Its latest forecast is that global auto sales will drop by 14% in 2020.