BREMBO SHUTS ITALIAN SITES AMID CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Braking components manufacturer Brembo has paused operations at four Italian production centres in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak in the Bergamo and Brescia regions.

The firm’s sites in Stezzano, Curno, Mapello and Sellero will all be closed from today (16 March) until Sunday 22 March, with the company citing the “objective impossibility of operation continuously” as the virus continues to spread across Northern Italy.

In an official statement, Brembo said: “The decision is in line with the extraordinary provisions of the Italian Government and has the aim of protecting people’s health and safety, in the face of the evolution of the COVID19 pandemic”.

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It continued: “Brembo made this decision with a great sense of responsibility and in agreement with all the social partners involved, to intensify the measures already adopted since the early stages of spreading the virus and to ensure greater safety and serenity for all its people.”

It remains unclear whether the closures could continue beyond Sunday, but Brembo claims it is “ready to resume its activities with the commitment and gaze towards the future that has always characterised it”.

The braking firm’s announcement follows a series of similar closures at firms all over Italy and Europe. The heavily industrialised Lombardy region – with a population of more than 10,000,000 – is particularly badly affected, prompting VMs Ferrari and FCA to temporarily shut down, as well as a number of crucial component and service suppliers.

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