Chinese plants start up as the rest of world shuts down


Here’s where some automakers and other manufacturers in China are now with their ramp-ups:


Production at BMW’s Shenyang plants resumed on Feb. 17, and the automaker said it is confident the Chinese government will manage the crisis and defeat the epidemic. “We remain confident in the medium and long-term business outlook of our No. 1 market worldwide,” the company said in an emailed response to questions.


Daimler has reopened its factory in China, and has said the vast majority of its dealerships have reopened.

Fiat Chrysler

The company said its manufacturing operations in China have restarted production under the approval of the relevant regional and national governments. More than 90 percent of its dealers and 95 percent of staff at the joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group are back online, and “the overall manufacturing and commercial operations are gradually resuming business,” Fiat Chrysler said.


The automaker said its Chinese plants resumed production on Feb. 10 and are continuing to ramp up. Both its local joint ventures have achieved almost 100 percent recovery, though some Hubei or Wuhan employees are still under travel restrictions.


Foxconn, an important manufacturing partner to global names from Apple to HP, is steadily getting back on its feet. Foxconn unit Hon Hai Precision Industry said this week it’s back at full seasonal staffing earlier than anticipated, suggesting the Taiwanese company is confident of resolving the labor shortages and logistical hiccups that threatened to smother the flow of iPhones and gadgets to America and the rest of the world.


The Japanese automaker said capacity is gradually recovering at its two Chinese ventures and so far they have not had problems caused by parts shortage there due to strain in supply from outside of China.

PSA Group

The Peugeot and Citroen maker’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor has restarted car production at its plant in Wuhan city, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak. The joint venture is also building cars from two other manufacturing bases in Chengdu and Xiangyang.


All Nissan factories in China have resumed work and production is set to align with government mandates, the company said.


All SAIC Motor plants in China have resumed production, with the company adjusting output levels based on demand. The automaker has contingency plans to secure parts in case of any disruptions, it said.


Tesla’s factory in China has recovered from a virus-related shutdown better than many in the industry, helped by aid from local authorities. After resuming operations on Feb. 10, the plant — Tesla’s only outside the U.S. — has surpassed the capacity it had before the shutdown, reaching a weekly production of 3,000 cars, a company representative said Friday.


The auto giant’s plants in Guangzhou and Changchun have returned to their regular two-shift schedule, while in Tianjin, all production lines are back to two-shift arrangements except one that remains at one shift. The Chengdu plant is sticking to its usual one shift. More than 98 percent of Toyota’s dealerships are open again, and the company has no plans as of now to adjust its 2020 China sales target, it said.


Almost all production sites are back to operational, Volkswagen Group said. Challenges include a slow national supply chain and logistics ramp-up, as well as limited travel options for employees. All of Volkswagen and its partners’ component production sites are producing again, it said. The company is adjusting its output levels based on current conditions, such as by moving to one shift instead of two previously, according to the company.


Earlier this month Volvo Cars reopened its four manufacturing plants in China after an extended closure period to cope with the virus outbreak. The automaker said that current showroom traffic indicates a return to normal in China’s car market. Volvo makes vehicles in Chengdu, Luqiao and Daqing and builds engines in Zhangjiakou.

Automotive News Europe and Reuters contributed to this report