The PSA plants in Vigo and Zaragoza and those of Iveco in Valladolid and Madrid have resumed productive activity on Monday after several weeks of stoppage due to the measures taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
In the case of the factories of the French consortium, which number around 12,000 employees, the recovery of activity will be progressive, “in a context of resumption of commercial activities”. The two facilities will gradually introduce work shifts, always cwith reinforced safety and hygiene measures, and, depending on the demand, the production activity will be normalized, which will be marked by the availability of parts and components by the supply chain.
For his part, Iveco has also reopened its factories in Valladolid and Madrid, with 1,000 and 2,300 workers, respectively, adapting the production lines to guarantee the safety distance between employees. In addition, the schedules have been modified to avoid crowding between shifts and the drop in production speed.
The Italian manufacturer has developed a plan for comprehensive safety and occupational health measures to protect the staff and has installed thermometric cameras to read the body temperature of the workers. In the event that a worker’s temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees, said person will be isolated and treated by the factory’s medical service.
At the same time, surgical masks will be provided to employees and disinfection measures will be increased in common areas and also of the tools. Other actions are the increase in the number of disinfectant gel dispensers and protective screens have been installed in the reception and customer service area.
Initially, the reopening was scheduled for May 4, but the company decided to delay it for a week due to “force majeure” due to possible problems in the supply of parts and components by suppliers operating in northern Italy, one of the areas hardest hit by Covid-19.
In Valladolid, where the Daily is assembled, Iveco applied an ERTE due to force majeure until April 30, while in Madrid, where it assembles the Stralis, S-way and Trakker models, it launched in mid-March the ERTE that had signed in December before the fall in production and had a deadline to activate until June.
Iveco has informed the unions of its intention to apply an ERTE for technical and organizational reasons at the Valladolid plant that covers the period between the end of the state of alarm and June 30.
On your side, Seat, which resumed activity on April 28 at its Martorell (Barcelona) plant, has gone on to manufacture two shifts this Monday on the León line. From now on, about 425 cars a day – 240 of them will leave on the León line – from the Catalan factory, compared to the 300 with which it started after the break.
The Spanish automobile company applied an ERTE for organizational reasons to some 11,000 workers at the time it resumed activity with the same conditions as the previous one due to force majeure.
Volkswagen Navarra and Mercedes-Benz Vitoria also reopened on April 28, while Renault returned to activity at its body and assembly plants in Valladolid and Palencia a day later.. Those of Valladolid motors and Seville gearboxes started a week earlier.
Ford’s vehicle assembly plant in Almussafes (Valencia) reopened on May 4, and the motor will do so on the 18th.
Nissan It was forced to stop production last Wednesday at its Barcelona Free Trade Zone plant, which resumed activity two days earlier only to meet orders from the pick up X-class from Mercedes-Benz, running out of parts to continue working. The Sant Andreu de la Barca factory also had to cease its activity.
The strike was a direct consequence of the indefinite strike that started at the company’s plant in Montcada i Reixac (Barcelona) to demand an industrial plan that guarantees the future of the Japanese company in Catalonia in the face of rumors of closure. At its centers in Ávila and Los Corrales de Buelna (Cantabria) it resumed activity on April 26 because they manufacture components for the Renault-Nissan alliance.
In Japan, it will adjust its production again due to the situation that the sector is experiencing worldwide due to the pandemic and that has led to a reduction in the demand for vehicles. It will suspend the activity in its Oppama factory this Monday, while its Tochigi factory will stop from this Monday until May 20 and from May 28 to 29.
Nissan Motor Kyushu will suspend production from May 11 to 13 and its night shift will stop on the second line from May 14 to 29. These downtimes join those already announced by the company in April, when it anticipated outages at its Yokohama headquarters and other facilities in the Atsug, Oppema and Tochigi regions that would affect some 15,000 employees.