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Mazda delays restart of Chinese factories amid coronavirus threat

Shutdowns continue as Japanese automakers struggle to control supply chain

Mazda has now delayed the restart of its factory in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, three times.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor has decided to postpone restarting production at its Chinese factories until after Feb. 17 due to the ongoing coronavirus threat.

The Japanese automaker had planned to resume operations at its main factory after Feb. 12, but has delayed the reopening to next week as it struggles to deal with supply chain disruption from the new coronavirus. The plant, located in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, manufactures and assembles SUVs such as those by the brand CX-5. The company also operates an engine factory in the same area, but a restart date for it is still undecided.

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