The sprawling GM production plant in Shanghai continues to operate normally amid a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in China.
A GM spokesperson confirmed to Reuters on Monday that the GM Jinqiao plant in Shanghai has so far been unaffected by new lockdown measures that were introduced as COVID-19 cases rose in recent days. The publication reports that local authorities permit production facilities to remain open if they operate in a so-called “closed loop,” that minimizes employees’ exposure to the virus. This entails having employees sleep, work, eat and live within the factory, creating a localized bubble.
Authorities in China on Sunday decided to split the city into two sections to conduct mass COVID-19 testing. The GM Jinqiao plant sits on the side of the city that has been locked down from Monday to Friday, however it will remain open due to the above-mentioned closed-loop manufacturing strategy. VW’s plants in Shanghai also continue to operate normally thanks to the closed-loop safety measures, Reuters reports, but Tesla was unable to put the necessary processes in place in time and was forced to shut down its Shanghai plant this week as a result.
The Jinqiao factory produces various Cadillac models for the local Chinese market including the Cadillac CT4, Cadillac CT5, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XT4, Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6, as well as other Chevy and Buick models. The 5.1 million-square-foot plant, which represents an investment of RMB 8 billion ($1.22 billion USD), has an annual production capacity of about 160,000 vehicles. It’s operated by GM and its local state-owned joint venture partner, SAIC.
China is one of the few remaining countries to adopt a “COVID Zero,” type policy in which local authorities attempt to oust all COVID-19 cases through lockdown measures, contract tracing, testing and other similar procedures. Shanghai recorded 4,477 new cases on Monday, and all but 95 of them were asymptomatic.