NEW ALBANY, Ohio, May 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CVG (NASDAQ: CVGI) announced on Thursday that it has restarted operations at its Shanghai plant in China. In March, the company became one of thousands of manufacturers in the region that were forced to halt production due to restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19.
Production at the Shanghai factory resumed on May 20 at 50% capacity under a “closed-loop” system – where employees must receive a negative COVID test and then live on-site in the factory – to minimize the risk of spreading the virus in the city.
CVG plans to continue ramping up production over the next few weeks in line with the local lifting of restrictions, led by Shanghai Deputy Mayor Zong Ming, who said the city hopes to fully open in June.
The shutdown in March had an immediate impact on customers at CVG’s OE headquarters in Asia and overseas, who were either facing similar manufacturing restrictions or unable to ship and receive products due to the congestion in the port of Shanghai, which is the largest port in the world. CVG reacted quickly by switching to air transport to limit supply chain disruptions to its customers. The company was recently able to restore sea freight through the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo.
“We may not be in control of this pandemic or the production delays it is causing, but we can adapt quickly and create alternative solutions to mitigate the impacts,” said the President and CEO. by CVG, Harold Bevis. “We have had the needs of our customers in mind in every decision we have made – from providing alternative means of shipment to working closely with some of our key customers to mirror production in our operations in Thailand and in Mexico to provide alternative supply.”
CVG’s local seat production in Asia includes manufacturing medium and heavy-duty seating solutions for some of the region’s largest automakers and represents an $80 million accretive business for the company. Globally, Shanghai’s seat parts sourcing impacts the company’s production in the US, Mexico, UK, Thailand and Australia by $170 million.
Combined with the war in Ukraine which immediately affected production at the company’s L’viv plant, CVG faced disruptions in the first quarter which continued into the second quarter. CVG is actively resolving these setbacks and expects second half operations to return to pre-war and pre-COVID status barring further unforeseen events.
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