Poland's Tychy car plant extends production suspension

Tychy factory's main product is the Fiat 500 model, produced in Tychy for the past 13 years. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on Monday decided to further extend production suspension at its Tychy plant until April 10 due to the spread of the coronavirus, the company announced.

Similar solutions were introduced at FCA's remaining car factories in Europe.

The Tychy plant employs some 2,200 people. Production at the plant was stopped a week ago.

Initially, it was assumed that the plant would resume production on March 30, after a two-week break. Now, it is assumed that production will be resumed after the Easter holiday (April 12-13).

Tychy factory's main product is the Fiat 500 model, produced in Tychy for the past 13 years. The plant's overall annual production reached 263,176 vehicles in 2019.

Before the stoppage, the factory produced an average of 1,040 cars per day. This will mean a loss in production of almost 20,000 cars over the three weeks of downtime.