COVID-19 With Tire Industry

- Nov 30, 2020-

The spread of the new crown pneumonia is accelerating, and the deepening of the epidemic has also created obstacles to automobile production. Recently, many automobile brands represented by Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroen, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, etc. announced "stop production to avoid risks. ". According to incomplete statistics, more than 100 auto factories around the world have plans to stop production or have stopped production.

Affected by the epidemic, many internationally renowned tire companies have closed their factories in Europe and North America one after another. It is estimated that there are nearly 100 factories, and the number is still increasing. At the same time, it also affected some tire industry activities, and even the leadership of tire manufacturers reduced their salaries.

The American Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) urges lawmakers to formulate policies to provide economic assistance to tire manufacturers and their workers when production is interrupted by the coronavirus epidemic.

Our members play a vital role in ensuring safe and reliable transportation, especially in emergency situations," said Anne Forristall Luke, Chairman and CEO of USTMA. "Ensure. The health and well-being of nearly 100,000 full-time employees engaged in tire production in the United States are the most concerned issues of our member companies. "

USTMA said, "Our 13 member companies operate 58 tire-related manufacturing facilities in 17 states, with annual sales exceeding $27 billion."

USTMA emphasizes, "Tire manufacturing is a vital industry, which directly supports more than 250,000 jobs in the United States-a total of nearly 20 billion U.S. dollars in wage income-in every congressional district in the United States."

A large number of tire factories were forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and America. Tire giants such as Goodyear, Bridgestone, Michelin and Cooper Tire have closed their factories in Europe and America, involving nearly 100 factories.

Goodyear Tire announced that in response to the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the operation of tire and retread tire factories in Europe, North and South America will be suspended for at least one month, affecting 25 tire factories.

Michelin recently announced that it will close factories in France, Italy, and Spain. Since then, Michelin announced that it will stop production of some tire factories in the United States and Canada, tentatively scheduled for two weeks.

Continental is considering closing its American tire factory. Continental has 4 factories in the Americas, of which 3 are in the US and 1 is in Mexico.

Japan's Tong Yio Tire said that its tire factory in Singapore has been closed.

Cooper Tire announced that it intends to suspend production at its tire plants in the United States and Mexico to protect employee safety and respond to global market changes.

Pirelli Tire said that its tire plant in Georgia, USA will stop production for a week.

China C9 Resin factory and China Titania also mentioned that they will pay more attention on the epidemic prevention and control.