Following the coronavirus outbreak, Honda has announced that it will extend the closure of two of its Chinese factories in Tianjin and Taicang.

Honda CLOSES two motorcycle factories in China due to CORONAVIRUS outbreak.

Responding to requests from the Chinese authorities following the outbreak of the coronavirus, Honda has announced that it’s keeping two of its motorcycle factories shut until February 9th.

The two Chinese factories in Tianjin and Taicang were already expected be closed until February 2nd, after the Chinese government extended its New Year holidays. But Honda has decided to extend the production shutdown for another week – as the coronavirus situation continues to develop.

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The factories in Tianjin and Taicang have an annual production capacity of 350,000 and 500,000 units respectively – which represents around 40% of Honda Motorcycles total production in China. Admittedly, neither plant is located in the Hubei province – where the epicentre of the epidemic is located in Wuhan – but the decision has been made following cases of infection being confirmed across the country (and internationally).

Ross Mowbray

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