Nissan will reportedly suspend auto production at a Kyushu plant owing to parts shortages stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The company is the first automaker in Japan to reveal such a temporary stoppage at one of its domestic plants owing to the global health crisis.
According to Japan’s Kyodo News, Nissan’s Fukuoka-Prefecture plant is facing the Friday shutdown because it has been unable to get auto parts shipped from China. Additionally, a vehicle production line earmarked for export vehicles will also reportedly be halted.
Globally, Nissan is hardly the first car company to face Coronavirus-related production issues: automakers such as Hyundai and Kia previously announced stoppages attributed to the pandemic. Nissan’s shutdown is the latest in a string of similar announcements that have drawn into stark relief how interconnected, interdependent and vulnerable the auto industry’s global supply chain really is.,
In addition to this newly announced shutdown, Nissan has also reportedly waylaid planned production restarts at four of its plants in China, factories which had previously been stopped in observance of the Asian nation’s Lunar New Year festivities.
It’s estimated that this Coronavirus-related shutdown will likely affect the production of about 3,000 new vehicles. It is unclear whether Nissan will attempt to make up for the production shortfall once production resumes.
Nissan representatives did not immediately return a request for comment on this story.
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