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MILAN, April 2 CNH Industrial said on
Wednesday its truck and commercial vehicles unit Iveco would
suspend manufacturing operations in Venezuela after currency
controls hit imports of components and materials.
"With the continuing currency crisis which has caused
difficulties for Venezuelan industry in the importation of key
components and materials, Iveco is reluctantly suspending, with
immediate effect, its manufacturing operations in the country,"
the company said in a statement.
The company said it remained committed to the Venezuelan
market and through its 32 locations nationwide will continue
providing parts and service activities.
"It is Iveco's intention to resume manufacturing at La
Victoria when market conditions improve and stabilise," it
Iveco opened its La Victoria plant in 1954 and has a total
labour force there of 400 workers. In 2013, the operation
produced some 1,700 trucks and buses.
By 1417 GMT, the stock was down 0.06 percent at 8.38 euros,
compared with a 0.75 percent fall in Milan's blue-chip index
(Reporting by Agnieszka Flak; Editing by Greg Mahlich)