Turin, Italy -Â Fiat has closed five car making factories as it awaits deliveries of components from CF Gomma. No one from CF Gomma was available for comment, but the company supplies anti-vibration components, CVJ boots and hoses to a variety of automotive customers. A statement from Fiat said CF Gomma workers are on strike.
Fiat said that it "reserves the right to take appropriate legal actions against CF Gomma, its stockholders and directors in order to cover any damages that may arise from the company's behaviour."
The Fiat statement said, "Manufacturing activities at several Fiat Auto, Iveco and Magneti Marelli plants have been or will be suspended in the next few days due to an interruption in the supply of components from CF Gomma of Brescia, where a workers strike caused a halt in production."
Fiat said that as of the morning shift on Thursday, the following factories are closed: Sevel Val di Sangro for the Ducato line, (600 workers); Mirafiori, for the Punto, Idea, Musa and Grande Punto line, (1,600); Pomigliano, for the Alfa 159 and 147 lines, (1,100); Melfi, for the Grande Punto line (1,100); and Termini Imerese, for the Ypsilon line, (600).
A press report from Italy suggested that Fiat is awaiting tyre components from C F Gomma, but the Passirano, Brescia-based company does not make tyres.
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Press release from Fiat
Website of CF Gomma (Italy)