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Honda closes UK factory as virus measures hit parts deliveries

Honda is suspending production at its factory in Swindon, England, due to the impact of the coronavirus.

in Automotive News Europe, by Nick Gibbs, 18-03-2020


The plant shut at the end of the last shift on Wednesday.

In a statement, Honda said the decision was taken because of increasing difficulties with supply chains and to protect employees.

Honda plans to resume production on April 6 but the automaker said the plant’s reopening will depend on advice from government and health authorities, as well as market and supply conditions.

The factory builds the Civic compact hatchback for sale in Europe and the U.S. Honda is closing the plant permanently in 2021 as part of a global restructuring.

Honda also is temporarily halting production in North America for six days because of the anticipated decline in auto sales due to the coronavirus outbreak. The automaker will suspend production beginning March 23 and plans to return to production March 31.

Honda has not said whether its plant in Turkey will suspend production.

 

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