Supplier of automotive parts from Germany Bosch announced on Tuesday that it has halted production at two sites in Shanghai and Changchun, China, in order to comply with government measures aimed at containing a COVID-19 outbreak.
Bosch announced that production at a Thermotechnology plant in Shanghai and an automobile components plant in Changchun, Jilin province, had been halted.
According to the manufacturer, two other car parts plants in Shanghai and Taicang operate “closed-loop” operations, in which staff sleep, live, and work in seclusion from the rest of society to prevent viral spread.
In a statement, Bosch added, “We are now noticing temporary effects on logistics and supply chain sourcing.” “In this situation, we’re doing everything we can to keep supply chains running as smoothly as possible while meeting demand.”
To stop the spread of the extremely dangerous Omicron strain, China has implemented stringent lockdowns in Jilin province and Shanghai.
In March, auto sales plummeted as the country’s COVID-19 outbreak-fighting measures took their toll, with Tesla, Volkswagen, and Toyota among the automakers feeling the pinch.
On Monday, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said it had sent a letter to China’s cabinet outlining how the country’s COVID control measures had disrupted European businesses and urging the government to revise its policies, such as allowing some COVID patients to be quarantined at home.