Friday, 15 May 2020 22:47

Automakers’ Plans for Returning to Work

Written by Kimberly Hurley, CBT Automotive Network


Kia Motors resumed operations at its Georgia plant May 4 after it was shuttered at the end of March. The abrupt change in the global supply chain has greatly affected Kia and its approximately 2,800 workers at the Georgia plant. Kia has plans to screen employees’ temperatures, require face masks and implement better social distancing processes.


Kia’s Rick Douglas also announced the Georgia plant will be “running only one shift for now until the supply chain will allow normal production.”


Japan’s Mazda Motor Corp. has definitely felt the detrimental effects of the coronavirus pandemic. On May 9, Reuters reported the manufacturer is “seeking $2.8 billion from Japan’s three megabanks and other lenders to ride out the coronavirus epidemic.”


Mazda’s manufacturing plants have been active for a couple of weeks in certain areas of the world. According to a press release, the company’s plants in Taiwan opened around April 10, its Mexico plants were closed until May 1, and its Japanese plants were shuttered until May 10 but are now active.


Volvo restarted production in other countries such as Sweden around April 20 and restarted at its South Carolina plant May 11. Toyota, Honda and Subaru resumed operations May 11 as well. Luxury manufacturer Mercedes-Benz resumed production in Alabama on April 27 and in South Carolina on May 4.


BMW plants reopened March 4. Volkswagen was aiming to reopen in Tennessee on May 3 but has postponed that date indefinitely. Nissan also does not have a confirmed date to restart production.


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