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German Car Manufacturers to Reopen Factories as Lockdowns Relax

German car manufacturers, such as Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, will resume manufacturing at some German factories next week after the nation relaxed constraints designed to include the coronavirus outbreak.

German Car Manufacturers to Reopen Factories as Lockdowns Relax

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday stated that Germany has achieved a “fragile intermediate success” in its fight against the coronavirus and that its emergence from lockdown would begin with the partial reopening of outlets next week and faculties from May 4.

In contrast to Italy and Spain, Germany never banned car manufacturing, though plants came to a standstill after authorities limited the movement of people and ordered the shutdown of car dealerships, hitting demand.

Volkswagen mentioned it would begin producing automobiles for its core brand in Zwickau, Germany, and in Bratislava, Slovakia, on April 20.

Factories in Russia, Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. will boost production from April 27 onwards, joined by plants in South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico in May.

The car manufacturer has retooled the production to make sure that workers keep 1.5 meters apart. Other measures include the staggering of shifts and lunch breaks, plus steps to alter employee interaction in VW’s supply network.

In China, where Volkswagen has already implemented health measures, 32 of the 33 factories have resumed production, and no coronavirus infections among workers have been reported.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler stated that its plants in Hamburg, Berlin, and Untertuerkheim will resume manufacturing next week.

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