PSA is implementing a sweeping round of plant closures across Europe for the next 11 days as the number of coronavirus cases has seen the Continent become the new global epicentre.
“Due to the acceleration observed in recent days of serious COVID-19 cases close to certain production sites, supply disruptions from major suppliers, as well as the sudden decline in the automobile markets, the chairman of the executive board with the members of the crisis unit, decided the principle of the closure of the vehicle production sites, according to the following schedule and until 27 March, said a PSA statement.
- March 16: Mulhouse (France), Madrid (Spain)
- March 17: Poissy, Rennes, Sochaux (France), Zaragoza (Spain), Eisenach, Rüsselsheim (Germany), Ellesmere Port (UK), Gliwice (Poland)
- March 18: Hordain (France), Vigo (Spain), Mangualde (Portugal)
- March 19: Luton (UK), Trnava (Slovakia)
“The closure of the mechanical sites will be adjusted accordingly,” added PSA. “Site management teams will implement the site closure procedures locally, which will be done in coordination with social partners.
“Groupe PSA remind [s] that until then, compliance with the barrier measures, going beyond the recommendations of the health authorities on the sites, are the best protection to prevent the spread of the virus.”