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World’s Top Companies Restart Operations in Shanghai

  • The World’s top companies settled in Shanghai resumed operations. Apr. 26, 2022.

    The World’s top companies settled in Shanghai resumed operations. Apr. 26, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/@RenminDeutsch

Published 26 April 2022

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 resurgence in Shanghai, more than 4,000 workers at a factory of SAIC Motor, a Chinese automaker, have resumed work while being shielded from the virus.

Huang Jianying, Party chief of a passenger vehicle branch of SAIC Motor, has announced that the company, one of the World's top 500 in charge of complete vehicle and parts manufacturers and logistics branches, has started the pressure tests for work and the restart of the production.

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The Party Chief said that once the production is resumed, the work will be focused on the support of personnel, supply chain, production management, and epidemic prevention measures. Since April 19, the branch's factory located in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone has produced over 700 complete vehicles to date. According to Ji Qiwei, deputy general manager of the branch, the company's production will be gradually increasing if the supply chain remains stable. "We attach sufficient importance to both production and epidemic prevention," Huang said.

Huang has said that the company has carried out a comprehensive survey of suppliers' production capacity inventory and raw materials in light of the challenges predicted in the supply chain and logistics; at the time, they were supported to advance the epidemic prevention and production resumption.

Tesla's Shanghai factory, a U.S. carmaker, restarted its production last April 19, with over 8 000 workers back to their jobs. The company has said that it will only operate under closed-loop management, and exports to the global market will be resumed with time. Song Gang, the factory's manufacturing and operation director, said that on April 19, the company had resumed its operations in the morning, and the official production of the vehicles restarted in the afternoon.

Song has said that "on the first day, production was run at 80 to 90 percent of normal speed and the factory will boost its production gradually to full capacity." The factory directive said that all production areas are under strict disinfection and anti-pandemic measures. All employees will have to take a nucleic acid test each day.

The Vice President of Tesla, Tao Lin, said that the company has "full confidence in China's economy," adding that "from the process of the current production resumption, we have seen China's ability to cope with challenges, and we believe that normality will soon return."

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