The Spanish car making industry, Europe's third-biggest, has resumed production after several big factories were forced to down tools following a two-day strike called by the country's truck federations.

The action, which involved 130,000 vehicles, was called off late on Tuesday after the government agreed to scrape a hated fuel tax and provide better job benefits for truckers.

The action paralysed the country and set off alarms in many industrial sectors.

Because it was short-lived, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault and General Motors have been able to resume output at their respective Vigo, Valladolid and Figuerelas plants after discontinuing it for several hours yesterday. A Ford spokeswoman added that the strike never disrupted production at Valencia.

So far, "we are not expecting this to have a very big impact. Some companies can recover the lost production by calling in extra shifts although all of this has to now be negotiated," a spokesman for manufacturers' federation Anfac told just-auto.

Even though most of the industry is now functioning normally, Nissan produced no vehicles on Wednesday due to a lack of materials caused by the strike.

Ivan Castano