In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and while nearly 3 billion people are currently confined to the world, Ford wants to quickly resume production.
The recovery should be gradual on the American continent while respecting the instructions of the government which declared the state of emergency in the United States.
Gradual return to normal for Ford
Ford wants to start with the reopening of the Hermosillo plant in Mexico, starting April 6. A smooth return to production while implementing an important safety protocol for its employees. Ford's US plants in Michigan, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky are expected to follow as of April 14. These factories produce, among others, the famous F-150 pick-up as well as its ranges of passenger and utility vehicles.
The decision comes after the automaker agreed to suspend work for a week under pressure from the United Auto Workers (UAW) union fearing for the health of workers following the discovery of two foci of coronavirus in factories, including that of Ford in Michigan. This takeover decision may have been influenced by a downgrade in its credit rating by Standard and Poor's. The group has also decided to implement an economy policy including the temporary drop in the salaries of company directors.
The other American manufacturers do not say yet
The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group has not yet communicated on a possible resumption of activity in its factories while General Motors has not yet decided on the date of resumption of employees. The automotive groups are closely monitoring developments in the pandemic. Their activities are currently suspended until March 30, awaiting new information or new directives.
For its part, Honda Motors has announced that it will suspend its activities on American soil until April 6. The state of Michigan, meanwhile, made the decision to suspend the activity of non-core businesses until April 13. The evolution of the situation in the coming days should allow manufacturers to make decisions on whether or not to resume their activities.
Source: Ars Technica.