Scania stopped production globally due to Coronavirus pandemic, but workshops remain open to ensure delivery of necessary goods, foods and medical supplies.

The Swedish truck, bus and engine producer based in Sodertalje had announced on 18 March that it planned to stop operations at most of its European production units on 25 March due to component shortages. At that date, Scania said it expected to resume production within two weeks. Now the production has been shut down globally, Scania’s CEO Henrik Henriksson points out.

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Scania stops production globally for Coronavirus

Following, the communication released by Scania’s CEO:

«These are turbulent and difficult times. People are suffering from the spread of the Corona virus and societies from its consequences. Due to component shortages, Scania had to take the historic decision to stop production globally. Many of our employees are now fully or partially exempt from work, on short-time allowance made possible with support from the governments in countries where we have operations.

However, a large part of Scania is running full steam ahead. We have over 20.000 employees working harder than ever to keep service, workshops and spare parts available to our customers to make sure that the transport system is up and running. This is incredibly important because without transport, food, medicine and other necessities will not continue to reach people. So in the midst of this crises, I want to highlight how people are really walking the extra mile. How they are continuing to work hard whilst focusing on keeping each other safe. I feel so proud of the Scania family and the engagement from the colleagues and the effort to keep critical transports on the road».

Scania and Coronavirus, workshop open

Throughout the world, these workshops are taking measures to protect workshop personnel from being infected as well as ensuring the safety of drivers. Generally, workshops are practicing social distancing, maintaining a distance between colleagues.

Drivers have similarly been encouraged to maintain a distance from workshop staff when arriving with their vehicles. Keys are dropped in plastic bags, that are disinfected prior to being handled by service technicians. When entering cabs, seats, dashboard, steering wheels and other points of contact are covered with plastic sheeting to avoid infection. While this is being carried out, service technicians wear gloves and facemasks, Scania explains.

“We try to avoid direct contacts with customers as well as wear gloves and masks. It goes without saying that we wash our hands more often and carefully than usual,” says Reinaldo Descalço, parts supervisor at a Scania workshop in Lisbon. “While taking these precautions, we continue to maintain excellent customer relations.”

Equally important is ensuring the continued health of drivers as they pick up vehicles from workshops. Scania in Denmark, for example, disinfects steering wheel, gearshift, handbrake, dashboard, seat belts, door handles and keys before returning vehicles to drivers. Information about the precautionary measures is provided to drivers as reassurance.

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