Air­bus, Boe­ing halt pro­duc­tion in China

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

Shang­hai, China – The aero­space in­dus­try is join­ing car­mak­ers in shut­ter­ing Chi­nese plants in re­sponse to the coro­n­avirus out­break, with Air­bus SE halt­ing an assem­bly line and Boe­ing Co and Safran SA also clos­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Air­bus’s plant in Tian­jin, east of Bei­jing, has re­mained idle be­yond the Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day as travel re­stric­tions present lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges and the gov­ern­ment ad­vises peo­ple to stay home.

En­gine maker Safran’s op­er­a­tions are closed un­til Mon­day in or­der to min­i­mize any ex­po­sure of 2,500 work­ers to the virus. Both com­pa­nies said staff are work­ing re­motely where pos­si­ble.

Aero­space firms are fol­low­ing au­tomak­ers in­clud­ing Gen­eral Mo­tors Co, Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp and Volk­swa­gen AG in paus­ing pro­duc­tion with China in­creas­ingly cut off from the out­side world and the num­ber of con­firmed cases of the deadly virus ap­proach­ing 25,000.

Boe­ing, which has a fin­ish­ing plant in Zhoushan, near Shang­hai, also ex­tended its new year shut­down un­til at least next week.

The China cri­sis adds to chal­lenges fac­ing plane­mak­ers as Air­bus bat­tles with a pro­duc­tion back­log and Boe­ing grap­ples with fall­out from ground­ing its 737 Max model af­ter two fa­tal crashes. Air­bus’ Tian­jin plant builds about six A320-se­ries jets a month, or al­most ten per cent of its global sin­gle-aisle out­put.

‘Air­bus is con­stantly eval­u­at­ing the sit­u­a­tion and mon­i­tor­ing any po­ten­tial knock-on ef­fects to pro­duc­tion and de­liv­er­ies,’ the com­pany said in a state­ment, adding that it will adopt al­ter­na­tive plans where nec­es­sary.

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