MILAN — Premium brakes maker Brembo said on Friday it would temporarily close its four Italian plants next week, a further sign that the coronavirus outbreak threatens to disrupt Europe’s struggling automotive industry.
Brembo supplies premium brands such as Ferrari, Tesla, BMW and Mercedes, as well as several Formula 1 teams.
Brembo’s plants are all located in the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia in the northern Lombardy region, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
The plants will be closed from Monday to Sunday next week to intensify measures to safeguard workers’ health and safety, given “the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent objective inability to operate with continuity,” the company said in a statement.
The Italian government has taken extraordinary measures to try and contain the virus outbreak in the country, the worst in Europe, including restrictions on travel and closing restaurants and most shops.
Manufacturing plants have…