Aston Martin Temporarily Shuts Down UK Factory
As multiple car companies have recently shut down their operations in their Europe plants, Aston Martin is following suit by confirming the temporary suspension of all manufacturing operations at its UK plants. This order is in line with the latest UK Government instructions to prevent further spread and contamination from COVID-19.
“The business has taken this difficult but appropriate action in its determination to fully support the UK Government’s measures on slowing the spread of COVID-19 and, crucially, to protect the health and safety of its workforce, its suppliers, and their families,” Aston Martin said in a press release.
The period of suspension is initially planned to happen from the 24th of March until the 20th of April 2020, however, business officials will continue to review the situation and will look to resume operations as soon as it is reasonable to do so. The current situation with Covid-19 is still cloudy, and nobody knows when it will be safe to open up shop again. Perhaps we will get a feedback in the next couple of weeks as to whether or not the temporary closures will extend.
Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: “It is our responsibility to ensure we do all we can to support the Government’s efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19 over the coming weeks and, with the health of our amazing workforce front and centre of our minds, we have taken the tough decision to temporarily suspend operations at our sites around the UK. I hope and believe that our national fight against this dreadful virus will be successful and as soon as we have the ability we will, of course, return to normal operations. In the meantime, I would like to wish everyone associated with this great company good luck, and good health.”
Aside from Aston Martin, car marques like Volkswagen and Ford have also shut down their UK factories, as a means of looking out for their employees’ welfare.