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According to the alfaclub website ;
“While the Giulietta is preparing for the definitive stop of production, which should arrive during the next month of March in conjunction with the start of the production works of the Maserati D-SUV arriving in 2021, in Cassino the works of Giulia and Stelvio continue in MY 2020 version with the month of February which, for now, has recorded only 4 days of layoffs, a figure that bodes well in view of a possible reduction in the use of social safety nets in the future.


In the meantime, there is a possible new stop for the production of Giulia and Stelvio in Cassino. This time, the problems would not be connected to the scarce requests from the international market but to a lack of components that would make it impossible to complete the assembly of the units produced.

According to reports from the CiociariaOggi magazine, in Cassino there may soon be a problem with the supply of components arriving from China. Some FCA partner companies would still be stopped as a precaution due to the spread of Coronavirus. At the moment, the production of Giulia and Stelvio components made in China (probably these are electronic components such as the new 8.8-inch touch display available as standard on the entire Giulia and Stelvio MY 2020 range) is stopped.”
 

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Sounds like BS to me............What the virus got to do with it???....unless they are sending infected Chinese people with the Chinese parts. Depending on the strain of the flu, the virus can live outside the body on hard surfaces and the like for somewhere between 15mins and 24 hours. I don't thing they can get the parts from China to Cassino in under 24 hours!!!!…..so no problem.
 

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You have a conspiracy theory? Maybe it’s that the people in China who make the parts are not going into the factories to create the stuff so there’s nothing to ship?
 

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Report in Daily Telegraph today that Jaguar are also worried about lack of parts and may well have to shut production down in a couple of weeks if the Chinese component manufacturers are not able to start shipping supplies. Apparently amongst a multiplicity of small components key fobs are a particular worry.
 

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And this is just cars. There could be a pretty unpleasant impact on the world economy.
 

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The big issue with coronavirus at the moment is not the number of people getting sick (which will be a concern in the near future) but that because all of the lock downs in China the workforce can't get to factories, mines etc and there will be a crunch across a number of supply chains.

It was being reported last week that the delivery times for apple laptops was increasingly significantly as production fell.

Factories outside of China were reporting issues with raw material availability so it isn't just components and finished goods.

We could be heading for a recession as a result.
 

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You do realize that China effectively locked down something like 50 million people. 11 million in Wuhan are not allowed to leave home, others are not allowed to move out ofthe certain area. So it means nothing is being produced there. And on top of that Wuhan is really big name in automotive world (assembly lines for Honda, various parts produced for almost all brands, etc.). To put it in to European perspective, imagine that all Spain suddenly is locked down. Scarry.
 

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The big issue with coronavirus at the moment is not the number of people getting sick (which will be a concern in the near future) but that because all of the lock downs in China the workforce can't get to factories, mines etc and there will be a crunch across a number of supply chains.

It was being reported last week that the delivery times for apple laptops was increasingly significantly as production fell.

Factories outside of China were reporting issues with raw material availability so it isn't just components and finished goods.

We could be heading for a recession as a result.
That what I summarised in post 3!
 

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You do realize that China effectively locked down something like 50 million people. 11 million in Wuhan are not allowed to leave home, others are not allowed to move out ofthe certain area. So it means nothing is being produced there. And on top of that Wuhan is really big name in automotive world (assembly lines for Honda, various parts produced for almost all brands, etc.). To put it in to European perspective, imagine that all Spain suddenly is locked down. Scarry.
That sounds a lot...but that's only about 3.5% of their roughly 1.4 billion population!
 
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