PSA is to produce up to 10m surgical masks per month from August, 2020 at its Mulhouse site to cover the equipment needs of Group employees and support organisations fighting against the virus.
Training of teams dedicated to the project will be organised from June, 2020
“Since the start of this crisis, the Group’s priority has been to protect its employees and we have decided to invest in this production, which will start this summer,” said PSA director of Human Resources and Transformation of Groupe PSA, Xavier Chéreau.
“This decision, shared with the trade unions, makes us collectively stronger to win against the Covid-19.”
The sanitary crisis has led the Group to deploy a protocol of reinforced health measures at each of its sites to protect its employees. This protocol provides in particular for the distribution of two to four masks per day per employee.
To support the implementation of the protocol, the Group has decided to become autonomous by producing masks in France from August, 2020.
Machines are manufactured by a French company on national territory.
Production will be organised in two concomitant phases:
- From August 2020, an automated line will be implemented on the Mulhouse site and a dozen Group employees will be dedicated to the production of masks
- In parallel, a second automated line will be put into operation at the French partner, which will produce masks for the Group and will continue the production for a year
- From August, 2021, this second line will be transferred to Mulhouse and the Group’s teams will, in this scenario, ensure all of the production
Ultimately, 10m masks could be produced monthly in Mulhouse, which PSA says has all the sanitary characteristics necessary to manufacture this type of material.
Employees dedicated to the production of masks will be trained by PSA’s partner from June.