Nissan to restart production at Spanish plant, use safety measures in UK

Photos of Nissan Qashqai

Nissan will resume production at its Barcelona factory from May 4 and it will start piloting safety measures at its British plant with the return of about 50 workers this week, the Japanese automaker said on Wednesday.

“The management team in Spain is working with the local works councils in those plants on the new measures and procedures needed to make sure a safe restart,” it stated.

The automaker’s output in Spain has been halted since March 13 and in the UK, where it makes its Qashqai, Juke and Leaf cars, since March 17 because of the spread of the coronavirus.

No date has yet been fixed for production to restart at its northern England Sunderland factory, where about 6,000 people work.

“Regular reviews will take place throughout each phase of this pilot, taking into account the feedback from the teams involved,” the automaker said.

“This will inform the return to work protocols for the rest of the factory in the coming weeks.”

Coronavirus has so far infected more than 2,603,147 people and killed more than 180,784 people worldwide. The automakers around the world had to suspend production because of the spread of the virus.

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