Volkswagen resumes production at Europe’s largest auto plant after Covid-19 closes – RT Business News


    Le plus grand constructeur automobile du monde, Volkswagen, a repris ses travaux lundi dans sa plus grande usine de Wolfsburg, en Allemagne, dans un contexte d'assouplissement des règles de verrouillage des coronavirus. VW dit vouloir donner aux travailleurs le temps de s'adapter aux nouvelles mesures d'hygiène.

Après un arrêt d'un mois, environ 8 000 travailleurs à Wolfsburg ont recommencé à construire des voitures lundi. L'usine prévoit de construire 1 400 voitures cette semaine et 6 000 véhicules au cours des deux premières semaines après sa réouverture.

The factory’s production capacity will be around 10-15% to start with, said Andreas Tostmann, board member of the VW brand responsible for production. It will reach around 40% of pre-crisis levels the following week, Tostmann told Reuters.

“The restart of Europe’s largest car factory after weeks of downtime is an important symbol for our employees, our dealers, our suppliers, the German economy and Europe”, he said.

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The manufacturer has taken additional hygienic measures at the factory, including temperature controls. Workers were told to change into their overalls at home, to avoid clutter in the factory locker rooms. Additional markings have been placed on the factory floor so workers are better able to adhere to the 1.5 meter social distance rule, with additional time given to employees to disinfect their tools and surfaces.

In early April, Volkswagen began producing components in Braunschweig, Kassel, Salzgitter and Hanover, and resumed car manufacturing in Zwickau and Bratislava on April 20 and in Chemnitz on April 23.

This week, the company is expected to restart production in Portugal, Spain, Russia, South Africa and South America, and from May 3 in Chattanooga in the United States. VW also said that around 70% of its dealers in Germany had reopened.

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