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China's auto industry stuck below 40% of production capacity

Parts and labor shortages delay post-coronavirus recovery

Most assembly plants in China are back online, but they are operating at less than half of capacity due to a shortage of parts and labor.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese auto manufacturers are operating at less than 40% of capacity, even with most of their production facilities back online, an industry group said Thursday.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported that 90% of factories operated by the 23 companies that make the vast majority of the country's new vehicles had restarted by Wednesday, with 18 automakers being fully up and running.

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