After donating 1.3 million euros to Stuttgart hospitals and auctioning off one of their 911 Speedesters to support the fight against the Covid-19, Porsche re- starts its production of sports cars in their two factories and return to business stronger than ever.
On May 4, Porsche reopens the doors of its production facilities with all the necessary security measures to ensure the well-being of its employees, with adapted procedures in the area of production, logistics and procurement. These measures have been decided in Zuffenhausen and Leipzig for all the factories of the company and gradually seek to achieve the full capacity of each facility.
Porsche stopped production on 21 March, 2020 to prioritize the health and protection of employees, and immediately began to develop initiatives to support the fight against Covid-19. The company donated about 1.3 million euros for Stuttgart Hospitals to ensure the medical care of patients during the coronavirus crisis, these donations were intended for the purchase of medical equipment and devices.
In addition to supporting healthcare services in Germany, on April 22 the company auctioned off one of its Porsche 911 Speedster models in the United States for US $ 500,000 and then added the same amount by Porsche Cars North America to reach US $ 1 million. This money will be donated to United Way Worldwide to help the most affected communities during this crisis.
Now they are ready to get back in business with production ramped up at the main factory in Zuffenhausen and at the site in Leipzig, all employees will now resume work step by step. The adapted processes in production, logistics and procurement have been agreed with the Works Council and the Health Management department. The requirements of the respective authorities will also be observed.
“The restart is an important signal – for our employees as well as for our customers. We have monitored and analyzed the situation very carefully right from the start and flexibly adapted processes. Now is the right time to look forward with optimism and to resume work – subject to special precautions,” says Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG.
A comprehensive catalogue of measures has been decided for the Porsche factories in Zuffenhausen and Leipzig. In addition to giving paramount importance to ensuring protection for employees, these measures are designed to permit the resumption of orderly and efficient production as quickly as possible. For example, production employees are required to observe a minimum distance of 1.50 metres, follow basic rules of conduct or to work with a face mask in defined areas.
Medical institutions and medical personnel have absolute priority for Porsche when it comes to equipment with protective clothing. The company is therefore organizing equipment as part of the “Porsche helps” initiative and the budget for donations has been increased by five million euros.
“It will take a great deal of effort to get the economic and social system moving again. Everyone must make a contribution to this,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “It is important to have a positive fundamental attitude. Every crisis also offers opportunities. And we want to make the most of them.” The company initially stopped production in its two factories on 21 March 2020 for a period of two weeks and announced that it would continuously reassess the situation. Due to bottlenecks in global supply chains, the factories have remained closed for a total of six weeks because orderly production was not possible.
In addition to suspending production, Porsche also decided at the time to implement a number of other stricter measures. These will remain in force until further notice to relieve the burden on the infrastructure at the sites: this means that the greatly in- creased level of “mobile working” will continue in the indirect areas, and meetings will be held as video or telephone conferences. The ban on business travel also continues to apply.