Volvo Trucks has announced a partial resumption of work at plants in Belgium and Sweden, which have been shut down since March due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. The plants are responsible for the majority of finished Volvo trucks for the UK and Ireland.
“Production is initially running at just a fraction of our normal output, as we implement new strategies which ensure the health and safety of our teams and their families,” says Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland’s Managing Director Robert Grozdanovski.
Volvo has implemented social distancing and other protective measures for its workers at the Belgium and Sweden plants. Production lines at the facilities are operating at slower speeds than usual for the time being.
“We have always maintained an incredibly strong culture of safety in everything we do, and that is continuing to guide our every step,” Grozdanovski says. “Resumption of normal manufacturing volumes will only take place once we are certain we can do so safely, and with absolute confidence in the supply chain for the delivery of essential parts and components.
“The last six weeks have demonstrated just how much the whole country relies on the transport and logistics industry,” Grozdanovski continued. “We’re incredibly grateful for everything our haulage heroes have done, and we’re looking forward to being able to supply them with new trucks once again.”
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