MEXICO CITY — Some of Mexico’s auto factories may have to suspend production in the coming weeks as the coronavirus disrupts shipments of key parts from China, according to local officials, in what would be another blow to the stagnant Mexican economy.
Manuel Gonzalez, economic development minister of Aguascalientes, one of a dozen Mexican states that have car factories, said some manufacturers had already told him they were running low on parts.
“I’ve been in contact with some important companies: They tell me that they have inventory through the second or third week of March,” Gonzalez told Reuters. “If that supply is not normalized, we will probably see firms suspending production.”
The fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak has rippled through the global economy and upended supply chains. More than 119,100 people have been infected by disease and 4,298 have died, the vast majority in China, according to a Reuters tally.
If Mexican automakers were forced to suspend production,…