Nissan has announced that it would suspend production in Thailand for a longer period of time than previously announced due to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak and decreased demand in the automotive market.
According to a Nissan press release, “the suspension of production at Plant 2 in Samut Prakan will be extended from 4th May 2020 until 31st May 2020, while production at Plant 1 in Samut Prakan will continue to be adjusted to meet current demand levels.”
The company added that adjustments will also be made at associated operations, including engine assembly and stamping.
“Our goal is to resume normal business operations as soon as possible, but ensuring the safety and well-being of all our employees, their families and Thai society is our priority right now, given the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan in Thailand, said.
He said Nissan has implemented an “extensive work-from-home policy for office employees as part of the wider effort to contain or limit the spread and impact of the virus”.
Narasimhan said Nissan is also confident that it has a sufficient supply of vehicles to meet the needs of its customers.
“Nissan’s nationwide dealership network currently remains open and committed to continue providing the best customer service,” he said.
He said Nissan recently launched its “Care for You” relief program, which is designed to support customers and ensure their continued safety during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The plan offers current and future customers safe and convenient vehicle test drive options, including at their own homes, vehicle pickup services, and beneficial promotions at dealers and service centers.
Nissan is also taking additional steps to implement several key preventive measures for COVID-19 at Nissan showrooms and service centers across the country. These include disinfecting the service center every 30 minutes; temperature checking all employees and customers when 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.