Unprecedented measures have been taken by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The company announced yesterday that they suspend the production at their Goodwood-based manufacturing plant from Monday 23 March for two weeks. This step is taken to protect the health of the employees of the company and this suspension is planned to be followed by a two-week Easter maintenance shutdown.
The hard decision has been taken following the introduction of the special measures taken by the UK government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The day-to-day operations of the company will be assured by non-production workers who will remain at work at the company’s head office on the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex or who will remote from home on a rotational basis. Social isolation measures have been introduced throughout the company.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, that it was a hard decision to make, but at the moment the health and well-being of the employees are in the first place. According to his words, he strongly believes in the tight and warm family-like connection between the workers in the company and hopes to go over this hard time together. He also noticed that decision to pause will possibly cause some discomfort or inconvenience to some customers, for which he apologised, seeking their understanding at this difficult time.