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Skoda Auto resumes operations at its Czech Republic plants

Aditya Chatterjee  | Published: April 29, 2020, 08:45 AM IST

Skoda Auto, the automobile brand that delivered 1.24 million vehicles to customers around the world last year, confirmed that it has resumed operations at its Czech plants after being closed for 39 days.  The automobile manufacturer had halted vehicle and component production on March 18, as a measure to battle COVID19, ensuring the safety of its employees. However, work has now resumed three of its Czech Republic plants that are located in Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí. The company mentions that the recommencing of the operations have been done after taking all the necessary hygiene and safety precautions for its employees.

The workforce that will be at the operations floor have been given protective face masks or respirators as a part of the hygiene and safety measures. Further, the premises have been equipped with disinfectants and posters for its staff members, highlighting the importance of social distancing, refraining from shaking hands and regularly washing or disinfecting their hands. The company also intends to carry out temperature checks at the entrance of its company premises to check for symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, leaflets, posters and digital campaigns are being run alerting of the protective measures at all sites in the Czech Republic.

In addition to the above mentioned three Czech Republic plants, Skoda has manufacturing facilities in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan with local partners. It employs approximately 42,000 people globally and is present in more than 100 markets.

On the other hand, Volkswagen too has resumed operations as its Wolfsburg plant in Germany in a gradual manner, starting from yesterday. The production started with the Golf yesterday, while that of the Tiguan and the Touran model as well as the SEAT Tarraco will commence from Wednesday. This is being done to bring in normalcy, not only for the car manufacturer alone but also for the European economy wherein the automobile industry plays a massive role, safeguarding the employment

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