Bosch halts production at two Chinese factories due to COVID restrictions

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SHANGHAI, April 12 (Reuters) – German auto parts supplier Bosch said on Tuesday it has suspended production at two sites in the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Changchun as it follows government policies aimed at containing a surge of COVID cases -19.

Bosch said it suspended production at a thermotechnology plant in Shanghai and an automotive components site in Changchun, in northeast Jilin province.

Two other auto parts factories in Shanghai and the nearby city of Taicang maintain “closed-loop” operations, in which workers sleep, live and work in isolation from the rest of society to prevent transmission of the virus, the manufacturer said. .

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“We are currently seeing temporary effects on supply chain logistics and procurement,” Bosch said in a statement. “In this situation, we are doing everything we can to maintain supply chains as much as possible and meet demands.”

China has imposed strict containment measures to contain the spread of the highly contagious variant of Omicron, including in Jilin province and Shanghai.

Auto sales plunged in March as the nation’s curbs to curb COVID-19 outbreaks took their toll, while Tesla, Volkswagen and Toyota were among automakers feeling the impact of limits on production . Read more

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said on Monday it had sent a letter to the country’s cabinet detailing how the country’s COVID control measures had disrupted European businesses and urged it to revise its policies, for example by allowing home quarantine for some COVID patients. Read more

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Reporting by Zhang Yan and Brenda Goh; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Susan Fenton

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