BMW’s Rolls-Royce has resumed full two-shift production at its factory in Goodwood, southern England.

The automaker said it was again operating at pre-lockdown levels with “workforce maintained and all manufacturing staff on site”.

“Strict health, safety and hygiene measures remain in place, in line with the latest official guidance.”

The UK government again tightened pandemic rules on Monday (14 September) with social gatherings limited to six people, down from 30.

“Returning to full two shift production is a major milestone and comes just four months after we became the first UK automotive company to restart manufacturing after lockdown. It reflects the long-term strength and resilience of our business and the significant worldwide demand for our products, which have been boosted further by the recent launch of our new Ghost,” said CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos.

R-R reopened on 4 May, operating a single shift at the plant while office staff continued working from home where possible. Customer delivery ceremonies, with appropriate social distancing, resumed early in  June.

Muller-Otvos added: “Throughout Rolls-Royce there is a renewed sense of energy, enthusiasm and optimism. This gives me great confidence for our future; I also believe it sends enormously positive signals to our local community, our industry and the country as a whole.”