Mazda has announced that it will be shutting down its plants all over the world due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, declining global sales, and difficulty in the procurement of parts.
Mazda will be suspending operations in its overseas manufacturing facilities for 10 days. They company stopped production in its Mexican plant last March 25. Its Thailand production facility will shut down beginning March 30.
The company has also outlined production adjustments in its Japanese plants from March 28 until April 30. Production will be suspended for 13 days in its Hiroshima and Hofu plants, afterward, they will only be operating day-time only shifts for 8 days.
Mazda intends to transfer part of the production originally scheduled for this period to the second quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2021.
Despite the plant closures, the automaker says sales operations in certain countries including Japan and China will continue. However, Europe has been excluded due to policies implemented to curb the spread of the disease.
With the coronavirus continuing to spread across countries around the world, it might not be long before more automakers start shutting down plants either due to the disease or decreasing demand.