Volkswagen extends German plant shutdown

Volkswagen extends German plant shutdown

April 1, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The German automaker is forced to extend the downtime of its plant until April 19.

Volkswagen officials said today that management is extending production shutdowns at its German plants due to lower demand for cars and continuing problems in the supply chain. Factories for the production of cars and components in the brand’s homeland will be closed by April 19, the report said.

At the same time, the automaker continues to “intensively prepare for the resumption of production.” According to the brand’s press service, employee protection will be greatly enhanced.

“We are making significant progress in our work on a comprehensive package for the gradual increase in production, which also includes a large number of additional measures regarding hygiene or the distance between employees on the production line,” the statement said.

The production concerns enterprises located in Dresden, Emden, Osnabruck, Wolfsburg, Zwickau and Hanover. At the same time, the components are produced in Brunswick, Kassel, Salzgitter, Chemnitz, Hanover, as well as in German factories of the subsidiary company VW SITECH.

VW planned to reopen the factory on April 9th. About 80 thousand employees are currently on leave due to the suspension of production.