Several car industry manufacturers withdraw their employees from China due to coronavirus

Updated Feb 13, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Major car manufacturers temporarily halt operations in China amid the coronavirus outbreak.

As the coronavirus spreads, car manufacturers withdraw their workers

As the coronavirus continues to be global health emergency, several car manufacturers based in China have suspended their operations, withdrawing their personnel from the mainland as well as implementing a temporary travel ban.

Coronavirus shutdowns hobble Asian auto industry

Automakers who have manufacturing facilities in China include Honda, Nissan, and GM. Honda and the PSA Group are evacuating their workers from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Currently on lockdown, many of the city's residents are placing themselves in self-quarantine in an effort to help stave off the further spread of the virus.

A picture of the Honda plant in Wuhan

The suspension of operations will definitely be felt across the globe

A spokesperson for Honda had previously announced that 30 of their employees, including their families, have been sent home to Japan.

As for PSA Group, spokesperson Pierre-Olivier Salmon said that they had already withdrawn their employees from Wuhan as early as the last week of January.

According to Toyota North America spokesperson Eric Booth, the company is also restricting travel to the mainland until further notice, adding that the company will continue to monitor the situation although it does not currently have any major facilities there.

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What does this mean for the Philippines?

To make the long story short, opportunities. The Philippines' proximity to China makes it a prime candidate for relocating manufacturing facilities for cars and automotive components, if only temporarily.

Although Honda's brake pedal manufacturer Ftech is moving production to the Philippines in the meantime, which means more jobs for Filipinos, the company stated that it is prepared to stay here for the long run if necessary.

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A picture of Ftech products

Ftech is a major company, and their transfer here could be a boon for us

Keep reading for more automotive industry news. 

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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