Due to the rapidly increasing spread of the coronavirus, MAN’s management has announced it has been forced to cease production at its Munich site from 19 March, with production at the other plants being shut down individually.
MAN says it is constantly reassessing the situation and reacting accordingly, production will also be scaled back at non-German plants. MAN has reassured customers that it is doing everything in its power to maintain the full operation of its sales and service locations worldwide as long as the overall situation allows, in order to secure supply chains.
Additionally, CNH Industrial, Iveco’s parent company, has announced that in light of the supply chain constraints caused by the COVID-19 emergency in Europe, it is suspending the majority of its European assembly operations for a two week period. This suspension applies to the company’s agricultural, construction, commercial and specialty vehicle production facilities. Most component facilities will remain operational at low speed, always in compliance with national health directives, to ensure the continuation of supply to the company’s manufacturing facilities located outside of Europe. European parts depots and most dealer locations will also remain open to maintain uninterrupted service to its customer base. CNH Industrial said that it is working in close consultation with unions and works councils to implement the temporary shutdowns and the re-opening of the plants.