Despite daily increases in Mexico’s Covid-19 cases, foreign-owned auto manufacturers are planning to reopen plants in the country in the coming weeks, according to local news reports.
Volkswagen de Mexico plans to reopen its assembly plant in Puebla state and its engine factory in Guanajuato state on June 1. Volkswagen said in a statement it was reopening “with the aim of getting the needed elements together to ensure a stable supply chain.”
Workers at the General Motors plant in the Guanajuato city of Silao have reported getting notices to report for work on May 18.
In a statement on its reopening plans, GM said: “We are waiting for the plan that the Economy Department will present for a gradual resumption of activities in the automotive industry. As soon as authorities present that plan, we will be able to restart GM operations” in Mexico.
Toyota, Nissan and Ford have not announced possible re-openings of their plants in Mexico.