New data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) showed there are 298 automobile assembly and engine production plants in Europe today.
Cars, vans, trucks, buses and engines are manufactured at these factories, 196 of which are situated within the European Union (EU27).
ACEA has published the data in the form of an interactive map which shows 142 plants in Europe produce passenger cars, 38 make light commercial vehicles, 58 build heavy duty vehicles, 58 produce buses, and 71 make engines.
ACEA’s 16 member companies are active in 21 European countries.
“This data shows the sheer scale of our industry’s manufacturing footprint, spanning right across the European continent,” said Eric-Mark Huitema, ACEA director general.
“A successful relaunch of the auto industry post coronavirus will clearly be vital to Europe’s wider economic recovery.”
Since mid-March, the industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with plants being shuttered for 29 working days on average to date.
EU wide production losses as a result of these factory shutdowns total close to 2.3m vehicles so far.
Although a number of factories are slowly restarting production, they are still operating well below their pre lockdown capacity.
Huitema said: “If we are to return to full scale production again, automobile manufacturers and suppliers must get their plants up and running in a quick and synchronised manner.
“That is why we are calling on the EU to support a coordinated restart of activities and investments right along the supply chain.
“Measures will also need to be taken to stimulate demand, given that sales have crashed to an all time low in many key markets.”
For subscribers to the Automotive Intelligence Centre, just-auto parent company GlobalData publishes a global map detailing both OEM and supplier factories.