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MICHauto is providing the latest updates and industry news for automotive and mobility companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Featured: MICHauto investor, HELLA’s Steve Lietaert, joined Automotive News’ Jason Stein to discuss how the auto parts supplier is bracing for marketing uncertainties, and reprioritizing futures projects and investments. Listen.


Automotive World Congress Offers Complimentary Congress Conversations

A new virtual event, every Thursday at 11 a.m. April 16 through June 4. The Automotive News World Congress may have been postponed due to the current global COVID-19 crisis, but that has not stopped our commitment to providing you the news, insight and analysis you need right now. Using the connecting power of digital, we are proud to announce a brand new experience – Congress Conversations.

Mask Alternative 
The University of Florida Health’s department of anesthesiology has developed 2 prototypes for masks that can be produced in large quantities using materials already found in hospitals and medical facilities.

Our Ventilator Specifications. Your Ingenuity.
We all are facing an unprecedented challenge. Medtronic is working around the clock to manufacture ventilators and create new solutions for increased ventilator production.

Does Vehicle Leasing Offer Glimmer of Hope?  
In a Wards Q&A, J.D. Power’s Patrick Roosenberg talks about competition, lessee behavior, residuals, credit and how the current automotive crisis differs from the last one.

Lawmakers Vote To Extend Emergency Declaration
Michigan lawmakers began voting Tuesday to lengthen Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency declaration by 23 days rather than adopt a 70-day extension she requested.

Coronavirus: What Michigan’s Essential Workers Need to Know
Michigan’s “stay home, stay safe” order banned “in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life,” but plenty of people work at companies that provide or support essential services.

Miracle in Plymouth: UAW Worker Celebrates Ford Making 1M Face Shields in 13 Days
Day after day, Marcy Fisher thinks of her son’s fiancee working on the front lines as an ICU nurse at the University of Michigan hospital.

Keep Track of Ventilators, ICU Beds in Upper Michigan
The State of Michigan is keeping track of patient care and health care worker equipment, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Plant Closings
Where have vehicle assembly plants closed?

First Shift: FCA Targets May 4 to Resume Some Output
FCA targets May 4 to resume some output; Honda, BMW extend shutdowns; JLR offers 0% for 72 months; Ford starts making face shields in Canada | GM, FCA get big pickup boost

Auto Supplier’s Back-To-Work Guide Shows Daunting Task Ahead
With factories shuttered and workers sitting at home as the COVID-19 virus spreads, a return to normal may seem distant. But auto seating supplier Lear Corp. wants businesses to get ready for that day, so it’s sharing a free guide on steps and best practices to take when it’s safe to resume operations.

Automotive Plant and Facility Cleaning
To protect employees from the spread of COVID-19 in your factories, workplaces, and facilities, it is important to have a plan in place to ensure disinfection procedures take place regularly and effectively.

Identifying Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations. View the list of essential workers here. 

Automotive Plant and Facility Cleaning
To protect employees from the spread of COVID-19 in your factories, workplaces, and facilities, it is important to have a plan in place to ensure disinfection procedures take place regularly and effectively.

Keep Your Car Contagion Free
As your primary mode of transportation, your car should be a safe haven where you can relieve yourself of your mask and latex gloves. Keeping that in mind, here is how you can prove your car against the ongoing coronavirus.

Business Leaders for Michigan Resources
Help employers, associations and our state respond quickly and effectively to the COVID-19 global health emergency by gathering best practices from global companies and the most up-to-date information from state and national government sources.

Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA)
CADIA is partnering with Lead One Lead all to launch Live Virtual Workshop Offerings.  Led by automotive industry veteran and D&I professional, Cheryl Thompson, these single-topic, interactive-trainings will bring your team together around a common theme and allow them to explore the topic through the presentation, dialogue, and exercises.

Given the current environment where many of us are working from home, employee’s professional and personal lives may have been a bit chaotic, we wanted to offer you a reason and a way to bring teams together – virtually – for professional development and to build morale. You choose the topic, the group you want to bring together, and the day and time, CADIA will provide the live session, all related materials and a follow up of the recorded session.

Center for Automotive Research: Webinar – Coronavirus Update

CAR researchers are monitoring the impact of the coronavirus outbreak (officially known as 2019-nCoV)—especially as it may impact the auto industry globally. Here are CAR resources and a selection of external resources to keep you informed on the automotive impact of the virus.

Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity: COVID-19 Employer Update
Find answers to your questions on cash flow issues, the need to cut back employees’ hours, and the need to lay off workers on a temporary basis due to COVID-19.

Dickinson Wright

We are all in this together and while we are all working remotely, please know that we’re here for you in these unprecedented times. The impact of COVID-19 is changing at a rapid pace. One thing that will not change is our commitment to helping our friends, our clients, and our colleagues. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Dickinson Wright attorney or contact Dickinson Wright at

Dykema COVID-19 Resource Center
To help organizations better understand and be prepared to handle any impending legal complications in order to weather the storm and better position themselves for success.

LIFT – Where Manufacturing Technology and Talent Matter

LIFT’s ecosystem continues to do its part to support the fight against the spread of the virus, including:

  • 3D printing N95 masks;
  • Collecting and donating personal protective equipment;
  • Connecting with manufacturers across the country to support the manufacture of masks, ventilators and other critical supply need.

The members of our ecosystem continue to rally together during this national crisis. I could not be prouder of how each of you have looked for ways in which your organization can help. For additional ways you can help the national COVID-19 Task Force, please see the message here.

McKinsey & Company: 7-point Checklist for Businesses
McKinsey & Company outlined seven actions that can help businesses of all kinds with crisis management during COVID-19.

MEMA Government Affairs Committee Resources

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Toolkit
While information around this outbreak is changing rapidly, this toolkit will help statewide businesses help educate employers and employees on how to prepare for and address the impacts of the coronavirus.

Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Provides a list of resources and information for Michigan businesses during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Michigan Manufacturers Association Resources
Resources provided by public agencies and MMA Premium Associate Members.

National Automobile Dealers Association
There are a number of resources to help to franchised dealerships, their employees and their customers stay informed and prepared during coronavirus. NADA has consolidated important and regularly updated resources for dealerships during the emergence of COVID-19.

OESA Updates and Resources
The latest on the COVID-19 pandemic from affiliate members, and government and health agencies. Upcoming webinars:

Restart and Future Proof Your Supply Chain
May 5
11 a.m.
Mexico Manufacturing 
May 7
11 a.m.

PwC: Confidently Navigate Through the Crisis
PwC provided information for companies to triage operation essentials, such as incident management and stakeholder communications.

Warner Norcross + Judd COVID-19 Resource Center
Warner Norcross + Judd’s cross-disciplinary team of attorneys has created the COVID-19 Resource Center as an easy to use information center to help clients understand the news, get answers to frequently asked questions and prepare for the legal implications. There are a lot of unknowns connected to COVID-19 right now. Know that Warner attorneys and staff remain committed to answering your questions and to provide the solutions you need now – and for as long as it takes.

This information is provided by Warner Norcross + Judd LLP and is intended for general information purposes only. It does not provide legal advice on any specific facts and circumstances and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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