Side of the traffic lights in Australia
Side of the traffic lights in Australia

Corona virus joins many crises facing the auto sector at the moment within many countries of the world after curbing sales in China and changing the supply chain, and the virus caused damage in many sectors, but the auto industry is emerging as one of the sectors that senses these effects quickly and deeply Due to the central role of China in it, as China is the largest exchange market for new cars and an important center for production and supply.

The management of "Magneti Marelli", which is owned by Grupo Fiat, has announced its intention to abandon 400 employees at its Barcelona plant due to the lack of raw materials for cars that were coming from China, according to the Spanish newspaper "El Pais".

 The newspaper pointed out in a report published on its website that the Corona virus affects the global economy and the lack of raw materials in the automotive industry.

Jordi Carmona, responsible for the auto sector in the National Industrial Federation in Spain, expressed his conviction that the Corona virus will affect Spanish factories, and this new situation will naturally affect the auto sector in Spain, and this will affect the workers as many workers will be laid off, which will raise the unemployment rate in Spain. Country. "

Carmona pointed out that "there are many other organizations convinced that the spread of Corona will complicate the current situation around the world, due to the technological and industrial restructuring and sales that companies will have to do in the coming years."
According to a study conducted by LMC Automotive (published in the first days of February), there are different scenarios for involvement depending on the progress of the virus, which caused the number of deaths due to 1,400 people worldwide, including that if the virus continues in the second quarter of the year, the Negative data affects the entire consumer economy, which makes the Chinese economy grow 5% instead of the 6% that was planned from the start, and a drop in private car sales between 3% and 5%.

The Spanish newspaper "Labangordia" indicated that the Chinese city of Hubei represents about 9% of car production in the country, with 11 assembly plants and many supplies, and one of the affected companies is the Spanish company "Gestamp," which has a factory in the Chinese city, which was closed under The health crisis the country is going through.

The newspaper pointed out that the company Antolin, another Spanish group with 25 production centers in China, was completely closed for fear of the spread of the virus, but so far, the losses incurred by the auto sector in the world due to the Corona virus have not been determined, as there is hope for a resumption of activity gradually.

In the same context, a study of the Boston Consulting Group showed that in the Chinese province of Hubei most affected by the virus outbreak, about two million cars are produced annually in about ten production centers there, as Hubei Province is the most important center in China for the production of small commercial vehicles after Guangdong Province, which borders With Hong Kong.

The study warned of global consequences for production chains in the event of a collapse in production, as China represents one of the largest exporters of auto parts, such as brakes, electronics, structures and tires.

The study indicated that each of these categories ranges between $ 5 and $ 6 billion in annual exports, noting that more than half of these exports go to the United States and the European Union, and China represents great importance for German car manufacturers, as it is the most important market for Mercedes- Benz, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and Porsche, 40% of Volkswagen sales go to the Chinese market.

Official data showed that the record of Chinese car sales inside China fell sharply during the month of January, amounting to 18%, affected by the economic tremor caused by the Corona virus. The Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers explained that car sales inside China witnessed a decline in January last year by about 18%. To reach 1.94 million vehicles, which corresponds to the expectations of analysts as a result of the disruption of commercial activity and the travel and travel ban inside the country due to the spread of the new epidemic, which coincided with the lunar year holiday season.

According to the results of a survey conducted by the Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers - which included more than 300 companies - owners of auto companies expect that the new Corona virus will cause more damage to the Chinese economy than did the SARS epidemic in 2003, while believing that the decline in consumption demand will not last long. , And may be recovering at the end of the first quarter of the year.

The Australian government has used light traffic lights in the streets of Australia for gender equality of citizens in order toToday, mobile phones are very dangerous while driving in New Zealand as the cause of infection of the Coronavirus virus can be among all citizens.

Australia has set up traffic lights for all pedestrians who rely on alternative forms of male character to promote gender equality, according to Australian media this morning.

Martin Leites, of the Melbourne Defense Committee at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, said: "The current events in this project are aimed at promoting gender equality and combating unconscious sexual discrimination by changing some of the symbols we see every day without thinking about them."

Melbourne Mayor Robert Doyle questioned the value of the initiative. "Unfortunately, I think the process is expensive and is likely to bring cynicism rather than support," he said.

On the other hand, Secretary of State Fiona Richardson supported the initiative, saying it was "very symbolic." "We are a government working for gender equality," she said.