Three companies working in the Romanian automotive industry announced they would suspend their activity for the following weeks, due to the Coronavirus pandemic scare.
Automobile Dacia, Ford Craiova and Pirelli Slatina are the three players who will temporarily stop their activities, as a way to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, officially raised to pandemic level by the World Health Organization.
Automobile Dacia will suspend its activity at the Mioveni production plant from March 19 to April 5. Employees are set to receive 85% of their salaries for this period.
Ford will also suspend its activity at its main European branches, including its factory in Craiova, starting March 19. Company officials are saying this measure will be in effect for the following few weeks, depending on the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic. Ford employees will receive 78% of their wages and other salary rights.
‘Even though the Coronavirus has had a limited impact in our factories, its effects on employees, dealers, suppliers and clients, as well as the European society as a whole, are without precedent’, said the President of Ford Romania, Stuart Rowley.
Lastly, Pirelli Slatina will suspend its activity for just a couple of days, from March 23 to the 31st. After these days, the company will continue to operate, but only with limited personnel.
As of March 18, the virus has infected over 201,000 people in 156 countries, with over 8,000 deaths and more than 82,000 people recovered.