On March 2,media reported that a Munich employee in Germany tested positive for the virus, causing BMW to quarantine 150 employees. It is reported that the employee did not travel abroad history, test positive was immediately sent to the hospital, BMW also praised his performance, he worked in the BMW research and development center, about 150 colleagues have been in contact, for this reason, BMW asked these employees to stay at home isolation.
This is not the only shock to the auto industry, following the announcement by the Swiss federal government on February 28th that large gatherings of more than 1,000 people would be banned from now until March 15, and the Geneva motor show, which was due to take place on March 3rd, will be cancelled. The cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show, the biggest exhibition in the automotive industry, is bound to affect the release of new cars by a large number of manufacturers.
The outbreak has also affected the auto supply chain, after the first plant in Ulsan, Hyundai, faced a partial shutdown just a day after the resumption of construction due to china’s lack of supply of auto harnesses, and recently the auto union said GM’s parts shortage would lead to the shutdown of three GM plants.