Manufacturers have already reopened their plants, but continue with strict testing and quarantine protocols for employees who may be ill.
The pandemic COVID-19 it has been a real headache for the economy in general. It has hit automakers very hard and it will take at least two years to restore their sales and production numbers, an industry expert explained to Michigan lawmakers in Lansing.
These are current figures, but if there were to be a regrowth, the established figures and times would be extended.
On a note from Detroit Free Press public that Carla Bailo, president and CEO of the Ann Arbor Center for Automotive Research, said, “Despite successful efforts by suppliers and manufacturers to keep their doors open and employees safe, staffing shortages and an overall decline in the demand means that the industry must continue to adapt and work collaboratively “
“Everyone predicts this year around 13 million (vehicles sold), before COVID we were around 17 million. We expect it to take another two years, but that is based on a good recovery and a continuous recovery throughout this year, ”added Bailo.
The coronavirus caused car factories to even close their plants, in fact some stopped making cars to produce vital health and safety equipment to combat COVID-19.
The sales decline was not as severe as many expected, only 25% in car sales and truck sales were only down 10%.
There are 20,000 fewer jobs in the auto industry this season compared to the second quarter of last year.
Manufacturers have already reopened their plants, but they continue with strict testing and quarantine protocols for employees who may be ill or who have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
It may interest you: