to Khabar Khodro, Rolls-Royce has reopened its factory this week, with
low-volume production recommencing at Goodwood.
company has confirmed it has fitted out the boutique West Sussex plant with social
distancing measures and upgraded sanitisation facilities so it could start a
full shift on 4 May. Around 1000 staff are involved, in the best indication yet
that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
plans to add the second shift in the coming weeks. Chief executive Torsten
Müller-Ötvös said: 'We’ve taken this decision because we are receiving orders
from our customers and we are heeding the British government’s call to resume
production and support the British economy.'
back: what each car manufacturer is doing about Covid-19
hasn’t revealed when its factory will reopen, but it is extending warranties in
the meantime and manufacturing PPE for the NHS. All new-vehicle warranties that
were due to expire or have expired since 14 March are now extended to 30 June –
hopefully when the pandemic has eased.
has pledged to start building cars again from the end of the month. The brand
is introducing new plastic barriers to separate workers on the line and measures
to keep factory staff more than 1.5 metres apart wherever possible. Whole shift
patterns are being reworked to help reduce contact, Ingolstadt said.
Italian motorcycle company resumed production at its Borgo Panigale factory in
Italy on 27 April.
last week confirmed its Maranello HQ (below) will remain shuttered until at
least 3 May and the supercar manufacturer is rolling out a programme called
‘Back On Track’ to ensure improved anti-viral health measures are in place for
when staff return. The Italian company is also making masks, complete with a
has just reopened its Czech factory.
is ramping up production of protective face visors to supply health workers in
the NHS. It's working with WHS Plastics to make 14,000 visors a week at its
Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon - that's one every 30 seconds.
is set to reopen, but only with a pilot scheme that will see around 50 workers
returning to the factory. There are currently no plans to restart production in
the UK either, though cars should begin to roll off the factory floor of
Nissan's Barcelona plant from 4 May.
Citroen hasn’t revealed when its factories will be back online, but has instead
donated 700,000 masks to hospitals, emergency services and prefectures across
Europe. It’s also involved in producing respirators.
Goodwood factory is reopening on Monday 4 May, with a single shift.
to Bloomberg, Tesla intends to restart production in North America in the first
week of May. On 29 April it announced a third consecutive quarterly profit, as
revenues jumped in Q1 by 30% to $5.9 billion, making a modest $16m profit. Boss
Elon Musk spoke vocally agains the US lockdown, saying: 'Frankly I would call
it forcibly imprisoning people in their homes against all their constitutional
rights... It will cause great harm, not just to Tesla but to many firms. While
Tesla will weather the storm, there are many small companies that will not.'
has come up with a series of measures to prepare its Ellesmere Port factory to
reopen, including keeping all doors open to minimise contact with door handles
and new markings in break-out areas, to make sure workers can still apply
social distancing in the workplace.
roads deserted in lockdown, as traffic drops to 1955 levels
road traffic has plunged to levels not seen since 1955, official figures show.
The UK lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus has restricted the public to
only essential travel, leaving many roads deserted.
figures show road travel has reduced by up to 73%, with journeys by private car
falling the most. Lorry trips have decreased by a more modest 40%, as essential
supplies continue to move around the country.
Guardian newspaper scrutinised Cabinet Office transport data and found the
number of road miles travelled has not been as low since 1955 - an era when
Winston Churchill was prime minister and there were no motorways criss-crossing
the United Kingdom. Just five million cars and vans were registered in 1955,
compared with 36m today.
public's use of public transport has fallen even more dramatically: rail travel
is down 90%, while Londoners are taking 94% fewer Tube trips.
and air pollution have nosedived, but it's too early for conclusive proof
according to data scientists. Campaigners are worried that traffic will bounce
back after the Covid-19 pandemic is brought under control, but others suggest
that the radical shift to home-working may continue, disrupting regular