Don't lose count: Renault,  NissanMercedes-BenzVolkswagenVolvo, Scania and now Toyota, all of them will stop the activities of their factories in Brazil because of the worsening in Covid-19 cases. The Japanese automaker announced its decision on Thursday (25), and the measure will be valid from Monday (29).

During (at least) the next ten days, the units in São Bernardo do Campo, Indaiatuba, Sorocaba and Porto Feliz - all in São Paulo - will have their production interrupted.


As with some of the rivals, the decision was taken in alignment with the Metalworkers Union, as a way to contribute to reducing the circulation of people, "in addition to meeting the anticipation of holidays by authorities in some of these regions" , according to the official Toyota note.

“Toyota do Brasil has a total of 5.600 employees across the country and will continue to act assessing the situation from moment to moment, following the guidelines of local authorities and, mainly, placing the health and well-being of its employees and their family first ”, completed the company.

Earlier, Renault and Nissan - who are part of the same group - also announced their stoppages. In the case of the first, production at the Ayrton Senna Complex, in São José dos Pinhais (PR), will be interrupted as of next Monday (29). The Nissan plant in Resende (RJ) will have its activities suspended from this Friday (26th) until April 9th.

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Nissan production line in Resende (RJ). Image: Cris Oliveira / Disclosure
Nissan production line in Resende (RJ). Image: Cris Oliveira / Disclosure

Last Tuesday (23), Mercedes-Benz announced the closure of its units in São Bernardo do Campo (SP) and Juiz de Fora (MG) as of the 26th, with a return scheduled for April 5. If the restrictive measures remain after April 5, collective vacations will be granted to alternate groups of employees, according to the factories' plans.

"Thus, we will have a smaller production group maintaining the distance protocols, but we will continue to serve our customers with our products and services," announced the company.

Mercedes-Benz factory in Brazil. Image: Mercedes-Benz / Disclosure
Mercedes-Benz factories in Brazil will close this Friday (26th) and should only reopen after April 5th. Image: Mercedes-Benz / Disclosure

On the same day, the truck and bus manufacturer Volvo announced that it plans to reduce its activities by 70% at the factory located in Curitiba. The measure should reach around two thousand employees involved in the production of trucks, chassis for buses and parts.

The Swedish company has around 3,7 employees in its unit in the capital of Paraná, however, almost 1,5 of them, from the administrative sectors, are already working in a home office regime.

Scania, on the other hand, totally suspended its activities at the São Bernardo do Campo plant, in the ABC region of São Paulo on Thursday (25) and, initially, will resume activities on April 5.

Volkswagen has also decided to paralyze activities. Credit: Volkswagen / Disclosure
Volkswagen paralyzed its activities in Brazil. Credit: Volkswagen / Disclosure

Volkswagen has already halted production at its São Bernardo do Campo, Taubaté and São Carlos plants in the state of São Paulo and São José dos Pinhais in Paraná. The suspension began on Wednesday (24) and, for now, the expectation of the automaker is to resume activities on April 5, 12 days later. Only essential activities remain in the factories. Officials from the administrative sectors will work from home.

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