By Jessica Sier

 

Daimler Trucks & Buses said on Friday that it will keep its service centers open across Europe wherever possible to keep customer vehicles running and supplied during the coronavirus pandemic.

The service network of Mercedes-Benz trucks, FUSO and Daimler buses has around 3,000 centers across Europe.

"Trucks and buses are particularly important given the current situation," the company said. "Right now, commercial vehicles for transport and logistics must be available to ensure supply and disposal, as well as emergency services."

The service centers will remain open even as auto manufacturers and suppliers elsewhere suspend operations due to the spread of the virus.

Parent company Daimler AG--maker of Mercedes Benz--suspended production at the majority of its European manufacturing plants and some administrative departments earlier this week. The halt is in place for a fortnight.

 

Write to Jessica Sier at jessica.sier@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

March 20, 2020 05:36 ET (09:36 GMT)

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