Jan. 7: The annual CES trade show in Las Vegas, brimming with parts company executives, might be the supplier industry’s first and last public hurrah for 2020.
Jan. 20: A visiting Webasto employee from Shanghai introduces the novel coronavirus to colleagues at the supplier’s headquarters in Stockdorf, Germany. Eight days later, Webasto closes the German offices for two weeks for a deep disinfecting.
Jan. 23: After a month of growing concern, Wuhan and three other Chinese cities are put on lockdown to prevent further spreading of the virus, curtailing factory operations there for automakers and suppliers.
Feb. 29: With parts shipments from China stopped, GM and other automakers scramble as certain components grow scarce.
March 15: SAE International cancels the WCX 2020 World Congress, an annual gathering of automotive engineers to discuss technologies and discoveries.
March 18: Ford, GM, FCA and Toyota say they will halt all U.S. production, effectively bringing most North…