In week 4 the contact lock still applies in Bavaria. From Monday, the regulations will relax moderately. Car dealerships open their salesrooms, but under strict conditions. While Bavaria remains strict, the Swedes take a completely different approach. In contrast to its neighbors, the country handles the Corona crisis quite easily. Restaurants and cafes remain open and public life does not suffer from restrictions.
That too Saab Museum in Trollhättan, like other cultural institutions, remained open to visitors without restrictions. The course is not undisputed in the country and is considered an experiment with an open outcome. The country's large industrial companies will start production in the new week, but remain in the midst of the crisis.
Volvo starts in Ghent and Torslanda
The main Volvo plant in Torslanda will start production next Monday. Before that, the company does some work. Before the employees returned, the workplaces had been cleaned intensively in the last 5 days and the individual work areas examined from the point of view of health protection. Where social distancing is not possible, protective measures have been taken. At the main entrances there are voluntary controls of temperature and oxygen saturation (pulse oximeter).
Production starts slowly, the goal is about 60% of the capacity of the pre-Corona period. Volvo Cars starts view, checks the goals week by week. The plants are dependent on demand, the development of which is uncertain, and on the functioning of international supply chains.
Trollhättan stays in Corona mode
One day after Volvo, Scania starts production again. The truck manufacturer, formerly part of Saab-Scania, is a little more cautious than Volvo. The first few days are described as test days. A feel for how the supply chains react and where the weak points are.
While Volvo and Scania are working on a normalization, Trollhättan remains in Corona mode. Short-time working has been in effect in the old Saab factory since April 14th. NEVS has sent around 400 employees home and only works with a capacity of 40 to 60%. The short-time work is valid until June 30th and thus until the Swedish summer vacation. In Trollhättan, the aim is to keep costs under control; the developers in Stallbacka are particularly affected by the crisis with their close links to China. Freezing activities at Evergrande in the previous months is now fully felt in Sweden.