Cooper Tire announces temporary shutdown of manufacturing facilities in Europe and the Americas

Mar 24, 2020   Tier Suppliers

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company announced it will temporarily shut down its tire manufacturing facilities in Europe, the United States and Mexico to protect the health and safety of employees and respond to market demand that has been impacted by coronavirus.

The process of phasing down production at the plants in the Americas has begun and will proceed on a rolling schedule over the coming week, with facilities expected to be closed for two to three weeks. The two European plants, which are located in Melksham, England and Kruševac, Serbia, will suspend production over the coming days, and each facility is expected to be closed for at least three weeks. Cooper will continue to closely monitor the situation and adjust timelines as necessary.

 

Cooper’s plants in China, which reopened several weeks ago, and have continued to ramp up production, remain in operation. Cooper is closely monitoring supply chain and product inventory levels as the company focuses on continuing to serve customers. Cooper believes it currently has sufficient supply of product, and will continue to operate distribution centres until further notice to meet customer needs.

 

As the coronavirus has continued to spread across the globe, Cooper has put in place measures to protect employees and meet the needs of all stakeholders including travel restrictions, remote working, social distancing, additional cleaning and disinfecting of facilities, limited visitor access and other necessary steps, which all remain in effect.

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