Michelin implements partial production shutdown in North America

It’s already decided to shutter production at some of its plants in Europe for at least a week, and Michelin has now begun a temporary, phased shutdown of some of its tyre production facilities in the United States and Canada as well. It has also “established appropriate contingency plans” for the weeks to come and will adjust its actions “as the situation evolves.”

These shutdowns are taking place “due to the broad effects of COVID-19” and have already begun. In a statement published on Friday, Michelin North America said that based upon the current outlook, the suspension of manufacturing would last for at least two weeks. The company stressed that the affected production “currently excludes vital and critical tyres for the country’s economic continuity,” however it did not specify which tyres are counted as such.

“Michelin remains focused on the health and well-being of its employees and communities, and the Company is developing plans and revising policies to mitigate the financial impacts of this temporary shutdown on its employees.” The company adds that it will “continue to follow closely all guidelines and directions from state, local or provincial governments,” with the goal of “limiting the spread of the virus and consequences of the pandemic for employees, customers and partners.”

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