Nissan lays off 3,000 workers at Spanish plants due to coronavirus

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Nissan Motor would lay off 3,000 plant workers in its three plants in Spain, where the company has already declared production suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The automaker employs over 4,300 workers in Spain.

The automaker has a total of 5 production units in Spain. Plants are located at Barcelona, Avila and Cantabria. They produces electric van, Navara pick up truck at these plants. Other than that, it also manufactures components for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The company has an R&D center in Spain for the entire Europe. The company also has a distribution hub together with a spare parts center.

It is reported that one of the plants which concern the lay off will include the Barcelona facility, which is a major production base for the automaker’s commercial vehicles.

Operations at the Barcelona facility has been suspended since March 13 due to the difficulty in procuring components as coronavirus spreads. The report also quotes a company official, who stated this decision of lay off is a result of what is beyond the company’s control.

The automaker announced production suspension at the Avila plant from March 16 until next notice. Production in Cantabria plant remains suspended since March 19.

About 39,676 people in Spain have been confirmed as being infected with the coronavirus. The virus has killed 2,800 people in the country.

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