Volkswagen plans to restart vehicle production in Germany at the end of April. The factories in Wolfsburg, Emden and Hanover should start again on April 27, as was learned from corporate circles on Wednesday. In two factories in Europe, one of them in Germany, production should even start earlier, it said. According to the information, it is planned to start with a very greatly reduced number of pieces.
Before Easter, the company announced that it would start production at its supplier plants again this week. In some of the component manufacturing plants, the partial operation, which was already running, was to be expanded to ensure the supply to the Chinese production plants, group procurement director Stefan Sommer of F.A.Z. said in a conversation. A total of 1700 employees at the locations in Braunschweig, Kassel, Salzgitter, Chemnitz and Hanover are affected, it was said.
In production, “processes would be changed so that protection against transmission of the virus was the top priority”, General Works Council Chairman Bernd Osterloh announced for a new start. Detours would be accepted. When in doubt, less is produced than “taking a risk somewhere”.
He said: “Where the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, the colleagues wear masks.” Volkswagen had stopped production in its plants in mid-March and the factories of its core brand in Germany had closed due to the corona pandemic extended to April 19.