There's a lot on Nissan's plate at the moment. They're reeling from the whole Carlos Ghosn fiasco, slumping profits, and factory shutdowns due to the pandemic. Still, it's not stopping them from launching 13 all-new and updated models within the next 18 months.
Now, there's more good news to come out from Nissan. As of June 1, 2020, the company has announced the resumption of production in one of its biggest hubs, Thailand.
"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.
To ensure the health and safety of the plant employees, not all are required to report for duty at the same time. This is to maintain physical distancing within the facility and minimize the risk of people around the plant from getting sick. At the same time, Nissan is still implementing work-from-home measures for staffers that don't have to report to the plant daily.
Nissan Thailand is also implementing cleanliness and preventive protocols within their dealerships and service centers. These include disinfecting the service center every 30 minutes; temperature checking all employees and customers when they enter the dealership; ensuring that staff wears 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. Some of these measures are also being implemented in the Philippines
Thailand is one of the biggest production hubs for Nissan, as many of the models made for Southeast Asia are assembled there. The plant in Samut Prakan is where the Navara and Terra are made, along with other models such as the Almera and, soon, the Kicks. It could be said that the Thailand plant is vital to Nissan's reach in the region. For them to restart operations will be a big boost for the brand, especially now that the Terra and Navara will be facelifted soon.