Life is slowly coming back to British car factories – but not as we know. Workers set fire to production lines with one-way systems, remote workstations and human temperature scanners. In some factories, such as the Ford engine plant in Dagenham in east London, workers are required to complete daily health assessment forms to check for the spread of coronavirus.
The auto industry has been deeply shaken by the pandemic. Some factories, such as the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Castle Bromwich plant in the West Midlands, are yet to reopen. When the JLR plant comes back to life next month, it will operate at a fraction of its previous rate, training Type F sports cars at the rate of 200 per week –