BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian automaker Dacia, owned by Renault Group, will stop production at its Mioveni plant on Thursday until April 5 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The company will send around 14,000 employees home at the plant north of Bucharest on paid leave. Ford's Romanian plant also suspended activity for its 6,000 staff members.
"The company anticipates commercial operations will resume quickly after the sanitary crisis ends," Dacia said in a statement on Wednesday. "At that time, appropriate measures will be implemented, which will allow the company to meet commercial demand."
In 2018 the plant produced about 335,000 vehicles, of which about 230,000 were Dacia Dusters, the brand's small SUV that is among the segment leaders in Europe.
Romania has recorded 246 coronavirus infections but no deaths. The government declared a state of emergency on Monday.
Renault has also suspended production at two factories in Morocco that produce Dacia models, some of which are branded as Renaults.
On Thursday, Italian tire maker Pirelli it will suspend activity at its plant in the Romanian town of Slatina during March 23-31. Pirelli Slatina has roughly 4,000 employees.
The company said in a statement it made the decision because of concerns over the outbreak as well as a slowdown in demand on the car market.
"Resuming production will be made with a number of employees as low as possible to ensure elevated protection standards," it said.