Production suspended: what it means to stop a vehicle assembly line

Car and truck factories are falling silent all around the world. But what does it mean to suspend production—and how easily can assembly be restarted? By Martin Kahl

Car and truck production has ground to a halt around the world. Apart from in China, where factories have resumed production after a lengthy suspension in February caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), automakers have stopped almost all assembly lines, with most suspensions expected to last two weeks at the very least….

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