Seat forced to halt production amid demonstrations in Barcelona

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Volkswagen Group’s Spanish brand, Seat, was forced to halt production amid demonstrations in Barcelona following the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders, Spanish media said.

Seat stopped production lines from midday on Thursday until Friday night amid demonstrations in favor of the Catalonia’s independence from Spain, various Spanish media reported.

According to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia five shifts were lost, which reduced output by 3,500 cars.
Seat took the step to avoid possible supply disruptions and problems some workers could have in reaching the Martorell plant on the outskirts of Barcelona.

The brand’s offices in Martorell remained open but white collar workers were given the chance to work from home.

Via Automotive News Europe

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