Many automakers stop production in Egypt due to civil unrest

If you have no idea what’s going on Egypt right now, you should really try watching the news. Automakers including General Motors, Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen and Nissan have all taken action to shutdown production or halt deliveries to the region due to safety fears for their staff as civil unrest continues to unfold in the country.

GM stopped operations at its plant near Cairo and is unable to say when production will resume.

“All of our employees in Egypt as well as our plant property is safe and secure. Our local team in Cairo is assessing the situation and will decide to commence normal operations once the conditions permit,” Johan Willems, a GM international operations spokesman, told Automotive News Europe.

Daimler stopped production in Egypt as well and has asked some of its expatriate employees to return to Germany.

BMW shut down its assembly line Egypt and is flying two employees and their families out of the country. Nissan also closed its factory until Feb. 3.

Volkswagen said that it stopped delivering to Egypt since it is unclear whether vehicles would reach their destinations.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News