Fiat Chrysler halts manufacturing in Serbia over China disruption, Auto Information, East Auto Information
MILAN: Fiat Chrysler (FCA) mentioned on Friday it had quickly halted manufacturing at its Serbian plant, the primary such suspension by an automaker in Europe in response to the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Deliberate downtime on the Kragujevac plant in Serbia, the place FCA builds its Fiat 500L automobile, has been rescheduled “attributable to availability of sure parts sourced in China”, a spokesman for the Italian American automaker mentioned.
He mentioned the availability of audio system elements had been disrupted.
Chief Government Mike Manley mentioned final week that disruptions to auto elements manufacturing in China may threaten output at one in all FCA’s European crops inside two to 4 weeks.
The following few weeks shall be crucial for automakers.
Components made in China are utilized in tens of millions of autos assembled world wide. China’s Hubei province, epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, is a serious hub for automobile elements manufacturing and shipments.
Hyundai earlier this month suspended manufacturing in South Korea due to the coronavirus outbreak, the primary main carmaker to take action outdoors of China.
Hyundai and sister agency Kia Motors mentioned on Monday mentioned they might regularly enhance manufacturing in South Korea from this week.
Manufacturing at Serbia’s Karagujevac plant would restart this month, an FCA spokesman mentioned, including that the group didn’t anticipate the introduced adjustments would have an effect on complete manufacturing forecasts for this month.