Coronavirus

December 31, 2019
2019 Chinese government confirms cases of a new virus in Wuhan (though previously undiagnosed case identified in November)

January 11, 2020
First death reported from virus in China

January 20, 2020
First confirmed coronavirus cases outside China, in Japan, South Korea and Thailand

January 23, 2020
Chinese authorities shut down Wuhan

January 29, 2020
Carmakers in China begin to extend seasonal holiday plant closures; Hyundai reports production problems in South Korea because of supply disruption


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February 11, 2020
Carmakers, including VW and Toyota, announce further extensions to plant closures in China because of travel restrictions, quarantine measures controlling employees, and supply chain disruption

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February 14, 2020
First coronavirus death announced in Europe. FCA halts production at Kragujevac plant in Serbia because of a shortage of components supplied from China. Further extensions to shutdowns in Hubei Province though production in other areas begins to start up

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February 19, 2020
Virus arrives in Iran

February 26, 2020
First case of coronavirus in Brazil

February 29, 2020
First coronavirus death announced in US

March 4, 2020
Production in China continues to come back online but the shortage of airfreight capacity affects rates. Supply out of Japan disrupted and quarantining in Italy begins to affect European supply chain

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March 11, 2020
Italy applies strict quarantine restrictions to whole of the country and carmakers begin to announce plant closures

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March 17, 2020
France imposes lockdown

March 18, 2020
Plant closures spread across Europe affecting all major carmaking groups. US-based carmakers, including FCA, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan and Toyota, announce plant closures across the country

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March 19, 2020
No new local infections reported in China

March 18, 2020
Russian carmakers report parts shortages because of supply problems out of China, South Korea and Europe

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March 23, 2020
US ports take measures to add capacity for container and finished vehicle storag

March 26, 2020
Global vehicle demand forecast 2020-2030: The drastic impact of the coronavirus crisis

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    Next step into the unprecedented

    2020-03-31T15:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The disruption to the global automotive supply chain caused by the coronavirus pandemic is being exacerbated by uncertainty fed by a lack of accurate information. At last week’s Automotive Supply Chain update webinar, presented by Ultima Media’s business intelligence unit, analysts tried to provide some clarity on the current situation and what lay ahead for the industry

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    Ford brings in ‘no touch’ servicing during coronavirus outbreak

    2020-03-31T14:09:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

    Cars and vans are now being thoroughly sanitised before being returned to customers in Europe after repairs and servicing, says Ford…

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    Geodis enlisted in France’s fight against coronavirus

    2020-03-31T13:42:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

     Global automotive sector transport service provider Geodis has delivered the first masks to France to help combat Covid-19…

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    Watch Livestream: Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Automotive Supply Chain March Update

    2020-03-27T15:14:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

    Presented by Automotive from Ultima Media, hear from our analysts as they share insight on how the coronavirus crisis will impact global vehicle sales and what it will mean for automotive manufacturing and logistics.

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    Global vehicle demand forecast 2020-2030: The drastic impact of the coronavirus crisis

    2020-03-26T10:27:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

    Download our full report and analysis on the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand across major regions. Our forecast includes assessments according to best case, base case and worst case scenarios across North America, Europe, China, Japan, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

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    Mazda curbs production during coronavirus crisis

    2020-03-24T16:32:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

    Mazda is suspending output in Japan, Mexico and Thailand, because of difficulties procuring parts, plummeting sales and uncertainty of future sales amid the Covid-19 pandemic..

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    Calling stop on automotive supply chains: how long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

    2020-03-20T13:48:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

    With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.

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    Russian car industry caught between coronavirus and currency fluctuations

    2020-03-20T10:02:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

    Automotive plants in Russia are reported to be running out of components as supply shortages caused by the coronavirus continue out of China and South Korea, and disruption spreads across Europe. At the same time the Russian ruble has hit a four-year low against the US dollar, which is taking its toll on production costs

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    Coronavirus latest: plant closures spread across Europe

    2020-03-18T10:01:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Temporary car plant closures are spreading across Europe this week as the escalation of coronavirus in the region disrupts the automotive supply chain and hits sales…

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    Coronavirus latest: mandated lockdowns in Italy are impacting automotive output

    2020-03-11T17:45:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    The sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Italy has led the government to extend strict quarantine measures to the whole country. The restrictions are the toughest outside of China and affect 60m people. Health and safety measures being taken by OEMs are now affecting production with FCA announcing temporary closures as it puts in measures to minimise the risk of contagion. The situation is changing rapidly and automotive companies across Italy are reviewing production, supply and logistics contingencies on a daily basis.

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    Coronavirus latest: a message to our audience

    2020-03-11T09:47:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    To all of our automotive audiences, customers and partners globally, the Automotive Logistics team is keen to let you know that we are mindful of the effect that the coronavirus (Covid-19) is having on businesses and individuals, as well as families and friends.

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    Coronavirus latest: Europe puts a brave face on supply chain problems in China and Italy

    2020-03-04T15:06:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    While European vehicle makers appear resilient in the face of supply chain disruption caused by the coronavirus, there are a number of factors coming into play that could see production affected over the coming weeks.

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    Coronavirus hits FCA in Europe, but signs of restart for OEMs in China

    2020-02-19T11:59:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has confirmed that it has had to halt production at its Kragujevac plant in Serbia because of a shortage of unnamed components supplied from China, which are thought to be electrical…

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    Coronavirus forces OEMs in China to extend shutdowns

    2020-02-11T10:07:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Continued disruption to the automotive supply chain caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China is leading many OEMs, including VW, Toyota, BMW and FCA, to extend plant closures by two weeks beyond the average ten days allocated for closure over the Chinese New Year holiday…

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    Coronavirus hits automotive supply chain in China and beyond

    2020-02-04T16:41:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    The outbreak of the coronavirus respiratory disease in China has led to carmakers extending the closure of their plants beyond the Chinese new year and (currently) into the second week of February, something that is going to hit first quarter output and revenue…

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    Comment: Slow-growth China holds more challenges for OEMs than coronavirus

    2020-02-04T14:55:00+00:00By Richard Gane

    Coronovirus and its sudden impact on the Chinese economy might be occupying the news headlines, but there are broader changes afoot over the longer term. After many years of enjoying high-speed growth, the automotive industry is facing its third consecutive year of shrinking vehicle sales in China. For foreign vehicle-makers operating in the country, this is a challenging situation, and while most will be planning to tough it out, some could be forced to exit the market – requiring a shift in patterns of production and logistics.