The PSA Group, composed of the brands Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles and Opel / Vauxhall, announced this Monday, March 16, that it will close the different factories it owns in Europe, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension of production, for now, is scheduled until next March 27.
In a statement, the group states that this is a joint decision by the chairman of the board, the Portuguese Carlos Tavares, “with the members of the Crisis Cell”. The measure, according to the note sent to the press, results from the “acceleration, verified in the last days, of the number of serious cases of Covid-19 in the vicinity of some production centers and of the interruptions in the shipments of parts by the big suppliers ”.
15 manufacturing facilities dedicated solely to the production of vehicles (and not mechanical parts) will be phased out. Madrid (Spain) and Mulhouse (France) were the first to suspend production on 16 March. Tomorrow, 17 March, the factories in Poissy, Rennes and Sochaux, in France, alongside Zaragoza will cease to operate. (Spain), Eisenach and Rüsselsheim (Germany), Ellesmere Port (United Kingdom) and Gliwice (Poland). On March 18, PSA factories in Mangualde, Vigo (Spain) and Hordain (France) close their doors. The Luton (United Kingdom) and Trnava (Slovakia) manufacturing complexes will stop from 19 March, with PSA noting that "the closure of mechanical organ production centers will be adjusted accordingly".
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