Renault, Seat and Nissan on Friday announced a temporary halt in production at several of their Spanish factories due to logistical problems linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Renault factories in Valladolid and Palencia will stop producing Monday and Tuesday due to the lack of spare parts, a spokesman for the French automotive group announced.
Production will also cease for an indefinite period at the Seat plant in Martorell, the manufacturer’s largest, near Barcelona, again for logistical problems linked to the epidemic, a spokesman for the Spanish subsidiary of Volkswagen announced. According to a union official, the disruption could last up to six weeks, which the spokesman did not confirm. Seven thousand employees are, according to him, concerned.
Two Nissan factories in Barcelona were also shut down on Friday afternoon due to isolation measures in the nearby town of Odena, which affect a supplier. The activity will be suspended until Monday, said a representative of the firm. Both factories are normally closed on weekends.
After Italy, Spain is the second country in Europe most affected by the coronavirus epidemic that appeared in China in December.