GM to keep production humming in Brazil despite worsening pandemic

Rodolfo Schellin

SAO PAULO — General Motors on Monday said it noticed no motive to reduce auto output in Brazil due to the worsening pandemic, putting a diverse tone to two other automobile brands who have curbed output, citing wellness worries.

On Friday, Volkswagen AG said it would shut down its plants for two months to preserve the wellness of its personnel. On Monday, Volvo AB adopted suit and said it was significantly scaling back truck output in Brazil due to the two wellness reasons and areas shortages.

Automakers throughout the world are working with a basic scarcity of semiconductors, which has led to output difficulties. In Brazil, they are also working with a deepening coronavirus pandemic, with day by day demise tolls that are the greatest in the entire world.

“Our protocols have been demonstrated to be economical at blocking infection and interior surveys exhibit that our personnel sense safer in factories than they do in their very own houses and communities,” GM’s Brazilian subsidiary said in a assertion.

“As a result, we do not see any motive that would lead us to change our output agenda at this moment.”

Edson Rosso, a union representative at GM’s plant in GravataĆ­, said staff members had no problems about how the automaker had handled wellness protocols for its personnel.

But he lamented that GM had suspended output in GravataĆ­ due to a absence of semiconductors. Production proceeds at GM’s two other Brazil plants.

GM said earlier this thirty day period that GravataĆ­ would be idled through April and May possibly, although Rosso said the firm agreement with the union would allow it to probably halt operations for a even more a few months.

At minimum two other automakers have had output difficulties due to a scarcity of semiconductors in Brazil.

Honda interrupted output for its Civic sedan earlier in March, when Fiat furloughed about 10 percent of its personnel right until final week to slow down output.

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