CEO Hakan Samuelsson is photographed in Volvo Cars manufacturing facility that’s to restart the production after a standstill due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) state of affairs, in Torslanda, Gothenburg, Sweden April 17,2020. Adam Ihse/TT Information Company/by way of REUTERS
FRANKFURT (1) – Volvo Cars will reopen its Torslanda manufacturing facility and workplaces in Sweden next week after overhauling its production processes to assist stop coronavirus infections, following a 3 week shutdown attributable to the pandemic, the carmaker mentioned on Friday.
Volvo’s manufacturing facility in Ghent, Belgium, will reopen on 20 April, however at diminished production output and the carmaker plans to reopen its South Carolina plant in the US on Monday 11 Could after adapting sanitation and cleansing routines.
“We now have launched new well being measures. We’ll work with gloves and masks in the areas the place we come too shut. The production charge will rely in the marketplace. We are able to produce at full velocity, however this is dependent upon the orders,” Chief Government Hakan Samuelsson instructed 1.
The Swedish carmaker, which is owned by China’s Geely [GEELY.UL], has order consumption, however three weeks’ value of production has been misplaced, Samuelsson mentioned.
As a result of the European financial system has floor to a halt, Volvo will proceed to make use of shortened working hours, Samuelsson added.
In Sweden, the structure in all assembly rooms, workplace areas and eating places has been adjusted to permit for social distancing, guaranteeing that desks are spaced out and limiting the variety of folks allowed in assembly rooms and eating places.
Workers in Sweden may take voluntary temperature exams and measure their blood oxygen ranges. Workplace staff in different markets will proceed to observe native tips.
The engine plant in Skoevde, Sweden, and the physique part manufacturing web site in Olofstroem, Sweden will proceed to plan their production on a weekly foundation and adapt in accordance to wants in the opposite crops, Volvo mentioned.
Reporting by Edward Taylor; Modifying by Michelle Martin