After months of lockdowns, the automotive industry is regaining its footing. With some automakers now reopening assembly lines again, Volkswagen is among the first to reopen all of its factories around the world.
As of the time of writing, all of Volkswagen's 16 plants have restarted, with the last one being the Puebla, Mexico plant. “We have succeeded in resuming production with priority on maximum health protection. Not a single part has been missing in production. Thank you very much to our team – and also to our suppliers and logistics contractors,” said Andreas Tostmann, Member of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand Board of Management for Production and Logistics.
The Puebla, Mexico plant is back to rolling out models such as the Jetta after 11 weeks of a production pause. Among the automaker's lines around the world, the Puebla facility has one of the longest stoppage periods. The plant was closed longer than the ones in China, where the virus had originated. For reference, production was suspended for about six weeks in Europe and about 10 weeks in South America as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
While the threat of the virus still lingers, it's good to see industries bouncing back from months of production inactivity. There's still a long road to recovery ahead, but Volkswagen is taking its first steps to get back on form.