Volvo suspends European and US production but sees return to norm in China
Volvo has closed its plants in Europe and the US in a pre-emptive move to the coronavirus pandemic, to counter the weakening market and risks for employees.
The carmaker said the need for a period of social distancing entailed production closures, working from home and taking more personal precautions.
As such, its Belgium plant will remain closed until 5 April. The two Swedish plants and the North Caroline, United States facility will be closed between 26 March and 14 April.
In addition, Volvo’s staff will start working from home as of 26 March and working hours will be reduced.
It added that the actions would secure jobs and highlighted how, earlier this month, it had reopened its four manufacturing plants in China after an extended closure period.
Volvo added that today’s showroom traffic is indicating a return to normal in China’s car market.
“Our primary concerns are the health of our employees and the future of our business,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars. “With the help of valuable supporting programs put in place by governments and authorities, we have been able to act quickly.”