Friday, May 1, 2020

Porsche to Re-Start Production


Porsche will phase in production at its main factories in Zuffenhausen and Leipzig, Germany, starting on May 4, with operations at both sites set to ramp up incrementally in the following weeks.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the sports car maker to halt production at the two plants on March 21—initially for only two weeks. But bottlenecks in global supply chains caused the factories to remain closed for six weeks.

In restarting production, Porsche is taking all required measures to guarantee the best possible safety for employees so that operations can be increased in stages until reaching full capacity. The adapted processes in production, logistics, and procurement have been agreed with the company’s works council and health management department, with the requirements of each authority to be observed.

Among these are that employees on the production line are required to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from one another, follow basic rules of conduct, and wear a face mask in defined work areas. Measures implemented during the initial suspension of production—like increased mobile working arrangements, reliance on video conferences, and a ban on business travel—will remain in force until further notice.

Porsche in the first three months of 2020 sold 53,125 cars worldwide, representing a 5 percent decline from the company’s 55,700-unit result during the comparable period in 2019—a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, Porsche’s deliveries of its iconic 911 sports car reached 8,482 units in the first quarter of the year, a 16 percent increase from the same quarter in 2019.

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