Eberspaecher is preparing the gradual start-up and re-start of production in around 40 plants worldwide.

“The situation requires a high degree of flexibility from all parties involved in order to be able to react to customer call-offs accordingly,” said Eberspaecher Group managing partner, Heinrich Baumann.

“The company is also in regular contact with its suppliers to coordinate the necessary supply chains.”

Eberspaecher has taken measures for the protection of its employees. These range from hygiene rules and modified shift systems to the equalisation of contact points, including staggered break times.

At places where it is not possible to maintain the minimum distance between workplaces in production, partition walls made of plexiglass have been installed. When employees resume work, they will be trained, including in the correct use of protective masks.

Baumann remains cautious nonetheless with regard to the future: “We are receiving the first positive signals from our customers,” he added:

“However, we are facing challenging weeks ahead, as the effects of the corona pandemic on the global automotive markets are drastic.”