Dacia car factory in Romania suspends production due to coronavirus pandemic

Romanian car maker Automobile Dacia, a unit of France’s Renault, said on Wednesday it will temporarily halt production at its production plant in southern Romania due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Activity at the plant will be halted from Thursday until April 5, Dacia said in a press release. The announcement came after Ford, also in southern Romania, also said it was suspending production.

Dacia union leader Ion Iordache told Hotnews that the 14,000 employees would receive 85% of their salaries.

The company said it expects that commercial activity to resume shortly after the coronavirus crisis passes. It said nobody at the plant had tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Dacia unveiled its first fully electric car and its new bi-fuel petrol model which will be fitted into the existing Dacia passenger car models Duster, Sandero, Sandero Stepway, Logan and Logan MCV.

Renault bought the struggling state-owned Dacia company in 1999.

The Romanian unit of U.S. car maker Ford Motor Company said it was temporarily stopping production at its plant in Craiova starting Thursday as part of a Europe-wide move over concerns about the virus pandemic.

The Ford factory will pay just under 80% of the wages to its 6,000 employees from its own resources. Ford has plants in Germany, Romania and Spain.


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