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Nissan to resume operations in second plant from Monday

May 29. 2020
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Nissan today (May 29) announced that it was resuming production at its second plant from June 1, while production at its first plant, which is also in Samut Prakan, will continue as normal.

Meanwhile, it said, adjustments will be made in associated operations, such as engine assembly and stamping.

The government extended the state of emergency until the end of June and is opening up the country in stages to continue mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic. It has also advised businesses to continue keeping the number of staff at workplaces to the minimum.

Nissan said it will continue following this advice and government guidelines to ensure the wellbeing of customers, employees and community. This includes limiting the number of workers at all facilities and implementing health and safety measures.

“Our goal is to resume normal business operations as soon as possible in a phased approach, but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all our employees, their families and Thai society is our priority right now given the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan in Thailand.

The company has already implemented an extensive work-from-home policy for office employees as part of the wider effort to curb the spread of the virus.

Nissan said it is confident that it has a sufficient supply of vehicles to meet local demands. The automaker’s dealership network nationwide is open and ready to tend to customers.

The automaker recently launched its “Care for You” programme designed to support its customers and ensure their safety during the pandemic. Under the programme, customers will be offered safe and convenient test drive options, including at their own homes, vehicle pickup services and promotions at dealers and service centres.

Nissan is also taking additional steps to implement several key preventive measures for Covid-19 at its showrooms and service centres nationwide. These include disinfecting the service centre every 30 minutes; checking the temperature of all employees and customers as they enter the dealership, ensuring that staff wear face masks at all times, providing alcohol gel throughout the premises, and consistently disinfecting key vehicle touchpoints like the steering wheel, gear shift, seats, door handles, and front console panels.

Nissan said it will continue prioritising the safety of its employees, partners and customers while following the government’s guidelines.

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