TOYOTA OPENS THREE FACTORIES IN CHINA NEXT WEEK
PARIS (Reuters) – Japanese automaker Toyota announced on Saturday that it will reopen three of its four major factories in China next week after weeks of disruption linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
The resumption of production was initially scheduled for February 3, after the end of the Chinese New Year which corresponds to a holiday period, but was postponed with the epidemic which has, to date, 1,500 dead and contaminated 67,000 people.
The automaker's operations in Changchun, Jilin Province, as well as in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, will resume on Monday. The Tianjin plant in northern China will reopen on Tuesday, said Toyota.
The automaker did not yet know when operations at the Chendgu plant in Sichuan could resume.
Other manufacturers have announced in the past few days to resume production in China. General Motors announced on February 10 that activity would resume on Saturday. The BMW Brilliance joint venture announced a resumption of production on Monday.
(Kiyoshi Takenaka, French version Caroline Pailliez)