March 11, 2020 / 3:21 PM / a month ago

Volkswagen's Seat cancels one production shift as coronavirus outbreak hits supply chain

FILE PHOTO: A logo of VW is pictured at a Volkswagen dealership in Camas, near Seville, southern Spain November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo/File Photo

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Seat, the Spanish unit of German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), has cancelled one production shift on March 14 because the coronavirus outbreak has hit its supply chain, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The company has maintained all other shifts at its plant near Barcelona this week, he added.

About 1,200 people were scheduled to work on the cancelled shift, the only one that day, a Seat union source said on Wednesday.

Seat had said earlier it is considering sending staff home temporarily due to supply chain issues.

Reporting by Joan Faus, Editing by Inti Landauro

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