It appears that the current crisis that affects Egypt has also affected Western automakers such as GM, Daimler and Bmw as these three have shut down production amid safety fears for their staff.
GM stopped production at its plant which is found near Cairo in order to make sure that workers are safe, but it was unable to tell the reporters when the production will resume. "All of our employees in Egypt as well as our plant property is safe and secure.
Our local team in Cairo is assessing the situation and will decide to commence normal operations once the conditions permit," said Johan Willems, a GM international operations spokesman. Furthermore, Daimler stopped production at its plant in Egypt and it is currently monitoring the situation.
Some of the German employees were asked to leave to country due to safety concerns. Moreover, Bmw also shut down its assembly lines in Egypt and it is flying flying two employees and their families out of the country.
Nissan has also closed its factory in Egypt until 3rd of February. “We decided to close our assembly plant in Egypt due to the unstable political situation,” Nissan spokesman Mitsuru Yonekawa told Bloomberg News. [via autonews - sub. required]