Canadian Manufacturing

EP&T: Automakers to face further issues in 2021

From flourishing to floundering: Pandemic wreaks havoc on carmakers

March 11, 2021  by EP&T

Already hard-hit by automation in recent years, Canadian manufacturers are not expected to experience a reprieve. PHOTO: KUKA Systems GmbH

In the first half of 2020, the automotive industry took a hard hit from COVID-19 with demand nosediving, production shutdowns and allocation shifts focusing on telecommunications and industrial automation. As a result, sales went down a whopping 34%.

By the end of the year, demand for automobiles began to mend as sales improved by 19%. Though this is lower than previous years, some car manufacturers have already started to see the effects of this rebound and are predicting sales to reach that of 2019 – one of the best years in the industry.

Read more on EP&T, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.

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