Due to the worsening situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Daimler Group announces it has decided today to suspend the majority of its production in Europe, as well as work in selected administrative departments, for an initial period of two weeks. Scania group will stop production in Sweden, the Netherlands and France due to shortages in the supply chain from 25 March on.
By taking this action, the company is following the recommendations of international, national and local authorities. The suspension applies to Daimler’s car, van and commercial vehicle plants in Europe and will start this week. Connected to this is an assessment of global supply chains, which currently cannot be maintained to their full extent. An extension of this measure will depend on further developments. Wherever operations need to be continued, the company will take appropriate precautions to prevent the infection of its employees.
A period of lower demand
With these closures, Daimler is helping to protect its workforce, to interrupt chains of infection and to contain the spread of the pandemic. At the same time, this will help the company to prepare for a period of temporarily lower demand and to protect its financial strength.
Given the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the economic effects on Daimler cannot be adequately determined or reliably quantified at this time.
Daimler’s management is monitoring the situation constantly and will take further measures as required. Full operations will be resumed when the situation improves.