As expected at the beginning of the month, some vehicle manufacturers’ plants will gradually increase production. This is good news for carriers specialising in transport for the automotive industry.
Scania has announced a return to truck and bus production at its two European plants. Production in the Dutch town of Zwolle will restart evenly one month after it ceased, i.e. on 20 April, while the plant in Meppel (also in the Netherlands), where the cabs are painted, will start operating on 28 April.
The return to production will take place gradually to ensure the safety of workers. Scania also plans to monitor the resumption of its suppliers’ operations, so that production can proceed in the safest possible way.
Daimler’s German plants will also return to work. The company has announced that from 20 April it will start step-by-step its German powertrain manufacturing plants, followed by the car factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen as well as its van factories.
In the start-up phase, production will be carried out in one-shift operations. In order to protect its employees, Daimler has agreed with the works council on a comprehensive package of protection measures (this includes hygiene standards and regulations on behaviour in the workplace).