Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is temporarily shutting down its tire plants in Europe to protect the health and safety of employees and respond to changes in market demand.
“The process of phasing down production at the two plants, which are located in Melksham, England and Kruševac, Serbia, will begin over the coming days, and each facility is expected to be closed for at least three weeks,” say company officials.
Cooper will continue to closely monitor the situation and adjust timelines as necessary.
The tiremaker recently announced the temporary closure of its plants in the Americas.
The company’s plants in China, which reopened several weeks ago, have continued to ramp up production and will remain in operation.
Cooper says it is “closely monitoring supply chain and product inventory levels globally as the company focuses on continuing to serve customers.”
It will continue to operate distribution centers worldwide “until further notice, to meet customer needs.”