Italian car industry not blockedMarch 10, 2020
Ferrari still operates and maintains “operational continuity,” despite limitations on coronavirus.
Northern Italy is virtually cut off from the rest of the world by the coronavirus. Italian Prime Minister Djibaneppe Conte is forced to close most of northern Italy, at least until April 3, and even “block” provinces such as Lombardy. It would be expected that car production in the country would also suffer, as automakers such as Maserati and Ferrari have factories in the affected area. However, according to a foreign publication, the Italian auto industry is not currently blocked.
Maserati, Ferrari factories and spare parts suppliers only today opened their doors, despite the fact that they are in the “orange danger zone.” It is alleged that the companies received a letter from the Italian government stating that they could simply operate their production facilities with “proven need”. A little later it was announced that restrictions should not lead to blocking production activities.
“Ferrari has activated all the measures necessary to ensure that their employees can perform their work in the best possible condition and, therefore, at this point in time confirms its operational continuity. This continuity obviously depends on our suppliers with whom we are in constant contact. Ferrari continues to conduct ongoing discussions with the authorities and is ready to adapt its security measures to reflect the changing situation, knowing that protecting the health and well-being of its employees is an absolute priority, ”Ferrari told about the measures taken to“ continue working ”.
Maserati states that it performs only the main work. An official statement from the parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not yet been received. The Maserati plant in Modena in northern Italy is the only plant at risk. Ferrari says it will continue to build its cars until the necessary parts are available. Time will tell if the factories will be allowed to remain open in the event of a new outbreak.
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