The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said that the country’s extended lockdowns have been affecting China’s automobile supply chain, at least in the short term.

South China Morning Post cited analysts as saying on Friday, April 8, that in the short term, production disruptions in Shanghai and Changchun, two of China’s most important carmaking bases, would impact China’s auto supply.

Changchun has manufactured 2.42 million units, accounting for 9.3% of China’s total output last year. Some plants in the city have cut production since March 13 because the local government has banned travel throughout the city due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Shanghai, the city produced 2.83 million in 2021, accounting for 10.9% of China’s total output. The Shanghai authorities imposed the citywide lockdown after the two-round lockdown had applied on March 28.

How Jit Lim, a managing director with the consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal Asia, said, “If your factory is in the lockdown areas, certainly you will be impacted. Because what happens is you can’t [sustain] the same level of production that you used to.”

According to the National Health Commission of China, the country reported 1,334 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, April 8, of which 1,015 were in Shanghai and 150 were in Changchun.

China has also recorded 23,737 new local asymptomatic infections, including 22,609 cases in Shanghai and 648 in Changchun.

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