Western automakers including General Motors Co., Daimler AG and BMW AG have shut down production in Egypt amid safety fears for their staff as civil unrest disrupts the country.
GM has halted operations at its plant near Cairo to ensure the safety of its workers and is unable to say when when 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," Johan Willems, a GM international operations spokesman, told Automotive News Europe.
Daimler has stopped production at its Egypt plant and is monitoring the situation, a company spokesman told ANE. The company asked some of its expatriate employees to return home to Germany due to safety concerns, the spokesman said.
BMW also shut down assembly lines in Egypt and is flying two employees and their families out of the country, Dow Jones reported.
Volkswagen AG has stopped vehicle deliveries to Egypt as it was unclear whether these vehicles would reach their destinations, a company spokesman told the news agency.
Nissan Motor Co. said it has closed its factory in Egypt until Feb. 3 following anti-government demonstrations.
“We decided to close our assembly plant in Egypt due to the unstable political situation,” Nissan spokesman Mitsuru Yonekawa told Bloomberg News on Monday. The factory stopped production Sunday, he said.