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Volvo will reopen its Torslanda plant in Sweden next week. The decision follows downtime at the plant caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Work will start on April 20, according to Volvo. The decision was taken following talks with its labor unions. Office workers will also be returning to work on Monday.
“We have a responsibility towards our employees and our suppliers to restart operations now that the situation allows it,” said Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson. “The best thing we can do to help society is to find ways to restart the company in a safe way, thereby safeguarding people’s health and their jobs.”
According to Volvo, new cleaning and sanitation routines will be implemented in an attempt to keep the coronavirus from spreading. Voluntary temperature and pulse oximeter checks will be available at the plant’s main entrances. Office and dining spaces have also been adjusted to better accommodate social distancing.
The automaker’s Ghent plant, in Belgium, will also reopen on April 20, although at a reduced output.
Production at Volvo’s South Carolina plant, meanwhile, is planned to restart on May 11.