CREWE, England – Bentley Motors has (May 2020) resumed production at it HQ in the UK with more than 1700 employees following the introduction of 250 hygiene and social-distancing guidelines.
The top-end automaker said the May 2020 move was the next stage of the brand’s ‘Come Back Stronger’ programme – ”a phased production ramp-up after the biggest changes yet to daily working life in our 100-year history”.
”The changes have,” Bentley told The Corner, ”meant new working patterns and operations being explained through socially-distanced briefing and training sessions and then a return to a redesigned plant that allows two-metre distance between workers and one-way movement paths and traffic flows.”
The Bentayga and Mulsanne production lines, Bentley said, would be the first to restart, followed by Continental GT and Flying Spur units.
BACK UP TO SPEED
Production will, for now, run at about 50% for a number of weeks so production of each vehicle will take twice as long to assemble and be done in two stages to avoid close contact of engineers.
The remaining staff – more than 500 – should be back on the line by the middle of June 2020 after being brought up to speed through an online app.
Adrian Hallmark, Bentley Motors’ chairman and CEO, told The Corner: “Now is the right time for the business to come back – stronger! We’ve introduced extensive work measures to protect our colleagues, our families, and our customers.
”We have a strong order bank – about eight months’- so hope customers will be patient. Despite the Covid-19 interruption we will continue on our journey to lead sustainable luxury mobility.”