Mexican auto assembly plants and parts suppliers scrambled Monday to meet government requirements for reopening their factories and synchronize with U.S. counterparts now coming back to life — including the Detroit 3.
Mexico’s reopening is seen as critical to restocking vehicle inventory in the U.S. and feeding parts into the supply chain.
After a confusing series of steps last week that suggested Mexico’s auto industry could have to wait until June 1, the government published a set of rules on Sunday that allows plants to get certified for reopening within 72 hours. Each facility must submit a coronavirus safety plan starting Monday. Once approved via email, the plant can open.
The regulations allow for a quick turnaround, in some cases.
If a factory submits its plan and is approved on the same day, the facility can restart production immediately, officials said. Inspections are not needed, and will be done randomly in the future to ensure compliance, according to the guidelines…