MAN Truck & Bus is to tentatively start production as of today, 27th April in their German factories.  The factories have been closed for some six weeks – the time that it has taken to put together revised working practices, such as  ensuring a wider distance between employees, changing the routing and, where necessary, protective equipment as well as training and instruction of employees.

MAN Truck Factory
MAN Production Facilities restart 27th April 2020

Joachim Drees, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus SE tells us:

In recent weeks, the crisis management team has been working intensively on the conditions under which our plants can be restarted. Among the key challenges here are the reliable supply of parts by our suppliers, as well as the organisation of our own work processes while protecting our colleagues, but also measures to stimulate demand for commercial vehicles. Our suppliers come from all EU countries – therefore we are asking politicians to support us with a coordinated approach at EU level to re-enter the market.

Dr. Carsten Intra, Executive Board member for Human Resources and Human Resources Director at MAN Truck & Bus SE adds:

The health and safety of our employees is of course our highest priority. Accordingly, together with our health management, we have taken many organisational measures to ensure that the necessary medical safety, hygiene and the minimum distance between employees is fully guaranteed.

Part Time Hours & Homeworking

This is not a return to work for all staff exactly as it was prior to lockdown.  Some employees in both production and administration will continue to work short time initially, or will make use of existing flexible working time arrangements and work from home wherever possible. The return to the office will also be staggered in accordance with MAN’s safety concept.

Service Network Continues

MAN Truck & Bus will continue to fully maintain the service network for its MAN and NEOPLAN brands in order to keep emergency vehicles, supply chains and local public transport up and running. This applies both to MAN’s own service companies and to MAN Truck & Bus’s partner companies, as long as this is permitted by the authorities in the respective region.