London — Trelleborg AB has restored operations at the majority of its production facilities in China. Work at those plants was halted temporarily in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, Karin Larsson, head of communications for Trelleborg, said the situation in China is "somewhat of a moving target" and that the operational status may change depending on local decisions.
"All facilities are following the instructions of local authorities," she said. "This is the reason we're gradually returning to normal production capacity."
In addition to the restart of operations, Trelleborg faces supply-chain challenges, Larsson said, noting that transport companies face problems in terms of local restrictions and personnel in quarantine.
Trelleborg has eight production facilities in China, including two in the city of Wuhan where the disease was first reported.
The group manufactures agricultural and industrial tires, sealing solutions, fenders, automotive boots, printing blankets and antivibration systems across its Chinese operations.
It employs 1,600 people in China and has had no reports of coronavirus infection among its employees.
In its annual results report published Feb. 12, Trelleborg said it was not possible to estimate any loss of income as a result of coronavirus outbreak.