AGCO/Fendt has announced that manufacturing will restart in the coming days in 4 of their German locations, under “extensive safety measures.”
The locations reopening include: Marktoberdorf, Asbach-Bäumenheim, Waldstetten and Hohenmölsen.
The company stated that the reason they are able to restart machinery manufacturing is the resumption of the timely and reliable delivery of parts, which had been interrupted for several weeks due to COVID-19.
Christoph Gröblinghoff, chairman at AGCO/Fendt management, said: “We are very pleased that the supply chains are intact again and that our highly motivated Fendt team can get back to work in a concentrated manner. This week the assembly lines with high daily production rates are starting again.”
“The changeover of the tractor assembly to a 2-shift model is protecting our employees and it also brings, together with other measures, additional production capacities to work up the backlog partly or, if necessary, completely.”
As highlighted by Gröblinghoff, the move to a 2-shift model on the production line provides greater protection for the employees, in terms of social distancing, and will reduce the production backlog, according to AGCO.
The company have implemented a number of other measures to protect staff from the virus, such as the rearrangement of desks, installing plexiglass panels, and limiting the number of people in meetings with a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between each person.
The company have also said that cleaning and disinfecting practises will be increased in all buildings across the 5 production sites.
In addition to their tractor manufacturing efforts, one of the production plants in Asbach-Bäumenheim are also producing face masks using 3-D printing technology. The face masks are being distributed to local ambulance services and medical facilities free of charge.
Factory manager Thorsten Miethe said: “The feedback so far is extremely positive. The medical personnel like to use them because they are light and comfortable to wear.”