Yamaha has announced that production at two of its facilities in Italy and France has been temporarily suspended in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Production at the Motori Minarelli engine factory in Calderara di Reno, Italy – and the MBK Industrie assembly plant in Saint-Quentin, France has been suspended. Both will be shut until March 22, with the situation being reviewed weekly from that point.
Yamaha’s following government directives in Italy and France to ensure that its employees are not financially disadvantaged as a result of the temporary closures.
Speaking about the news, Eric de Seynes, Chief Executive Officer of Yamaha Motor Europe said: “The health of our employees and our social responsibility are our priorities at this stage, which is why we took the decision to suspend production at these two facilities in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We also value highly the skills and commitment of a workforce that has shown tremendous loyalty to Yamaha, but now faces an unprecedented situation outside of the workplace. For their peace of mind, we are working to ensure that no employee will lose out financially between now and the return to a stable situation both in Italy and France.”