Production stoppages generally occur for part shortages, planned vacations, or model switchovers, but automakers with manufacturing facilities in Egypt are now freezing their lines due to the recent political unrest. BMW, Daimler, and General Motors are all stopping their lines in the region, while Volkswagen has stopped delivery to Egypt until conditions improve.
Automakers stopped production for both the safety of their employees and also their facilities. Aside from temporarily suspending their lines, BMW and Daimler asked some of their expatriate employees to return to Germany until the conflict is settled. Volkswagen – who exports to the area rather than building there – stopped shipments to Egypt, fearing its vehicles wouldn’t arrive unharmed, if at all.
GM stopped production indefinitely at its plant outside Cairo. “All of our employees in Egypt as well as our plant property is safe and secure,” a GM spokesman told Automotive News. “Our local team in Cairo is assessing the situation and will decide to commence normal operations once the conditions permit.”
Nissan also stopped its line on January 30th, but plans to reopen on February 3rd according to a report from AN. Employees from Japan are also being asked to come home during the protests.
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