Editor’s note: This story is part of a package on leadership during the coronavirus crisis that will appear in the March 30 issue of Automotive News. Also, an earlier version of this story misidentified LG Electronics.
By the time automakers halted production across the globe in response to COVID-19 — all but forcing their parts makers to do the same — one South Korean automotive supplier, StradVision Inc., had already recognized the danger and implemented a multistep plan to tackle the virus' spread.
Before the coronavirus became a pandemic, the fledgling supplier of autonomous vehicle and advanced driver-assistance systems technology began responding to the crisis in January, taking steps to protect its staff at offices in South Korea, Germany, Japan and San Jose, Calif.
The company was determined to protect its early successes with customers, as well as its chief assets — the employees who were making it possible.
That response made the 6-year-old StradVision one of the early adopters of critical precautionary measures in the global supply chain, while others warily monitored the evolving situation from afar.