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May 14, 2020

Cooper Tire to restart UK manufacturing on 15 June

Cooper Tire Europe plans to start the process of reopening its manufacturing plant in Melksham, England, in the first half of June and expects to be manufacturing by 15 June.

By Rhodri Morgan

Cooper Tire Europe plans to start the process of reopening its manufacturing plant in Melksham, England, in the first half of June and expects to be manufacturing by 15 June.

The facility, which primarily manufactures motorcycle and racing tyres, has been temporarily closed since late March due to coronavirus and its impacts.

To help protect employees returning to the plant, Cooper has put in place a set of health and safety procedures, which include required employee disclosures, increased cleaning and disinfecting of facilities and equipment, social distancing and physical barriers, visitor restrictions and other measures.

Similar procedures have been in effect at Cooper plants in China, the US and Serbia, all of which reopened after temporary closures and are in various stages of ramping production back up according to demand, which has been impacted industry-wide by the global pandemic.

Throughout the global pandemic, Cooper’s distribution centres around the globe have continued to operate and flow product to customers.

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