BMW to shut down plants because of Coronavirus
BMW has announced that they're preparing to suspend production at plants in Europe and Rosslyn, South Africa, until April 19.
The shut downs are going to start at the end of the week.
From Automotive News Europe
BMW said it is preparing to suspend production at its plants in Europe and Rosslyn, South Africa, until April 19, responding to lower demand and as a way to help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
The plant shutdowns will start at the end of the week.
“We take our responsibility seriously, both when it comes to ensuring the protection and health of our employees and to achieving the best possible balance in terms of profitability,” CEO Oliver Zipse said in a statement on Wednesday.
The automaker is also closing dealerships in Europe as demand for new cars falls, Zipse said.
BMW abandoned hopes for another record vehicle sales year due to the coronavirus, predicting deliveries will be “significantly below” 2019 levels and profitability the weakest in years.
BMW's Rolls-Royce unit said it would stop production at its plant in Goodwood, England, from Monday, March 23 for two weeks. The suspension will be followed by an already-planned two-week Easter maintenance shutdown, the brand said in a news release.