Shenzhen to resume work 'orderly'; firms poised to make up for 'lost' capacity
Published: Mar 20, 2022 08:59 PM
Residents line up for free nucleic acid testing at the special Information Port in Nanshan District of Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province. Shenzhen reports 66 local infections on March 13, taking up the total number to 432. Photo:IC

Residents line up for free nucleic acid testing at the special Information Port in Nanshan District of Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province. Shenzhen reports 66 local infections on March 13, taking up the total number to 432. Photo:IC

Authorities in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province announced on Sunday that starting on Monday, the major tech hub will resume work and production activities orderly and implement "differentiated" anti-epidemic measures for different enterprises to ensure the safety and stability of industrial chains and supply chains.  

Meanwhile, businesses in the city are working at full swing to catch up on reduced production during the nearly one-week suspension due to epidemic control. Most of the firms said the impact is limited, while others, whose suppliers are located in areas that are still subject to anti-epidemic measures, expect a full resumption of the supply chain from Monday.

According to the latest COVID-19 control measures announced by the Shenzhen municipal government on Sunday, differentiated epidemic prevention measures will be implemented. 

Shenzhen will implement a "customized" epidemic control policy for each individual enterprise or factory to ensure the safety and stability of the industrial chain and supply chain, which will be effective for a week starting from Monday.

A 48-hour nucleic acid test negative result is required for entering or leaving public places or taking public transport. Buses and subways will be fully restored from Monday.

In Futian district, anti-epidemic measures for some areas that have not yet achieved dynamic zero-COVID clearance, will be separately announced according to the epidemic situation.

Enterprises in Shenzhen's Yantian, Pingshan and Guangming districts, Dapeng New Area and Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone in South China's Guangdong Province resumed normal operations from Friday, accounting for nearly half of Shenzhen's districts.

A number of companies that have production parks in those areas told the Global Times that normal production has been achieved. Some companies are back to 80 percent of normal capacity, and some leading companies say they have fully recovered.

"We worked out the latest work resumption policy at the company level overnight on Friday and are now returning to work in an orderly manner," a manager surnamed Fu at an electronics enterprise in Shenzhen's Yantian district told the Global Times on Sunday.

According to Fu, the company is expected to bring back its "lost" capacity during the production suspension within a week.

All employees of the company strictly abide by local epidemic prevention and control policies and requirements, and actively devote themselves to their work through on-site and online means, Shenzhen-based BGI told the Global Times on Sunday.

A port logistics company said that it only accepts shipments between Yantian Port and Yantian district and four other district-level areas, while businesses in the rest of the areas in Shenzhen have not resumed.

"Our industrial park in Guangming district has resumed work and production, but only staffers living in the five areas can return to their posts in person. Those living in other areas in Shenzhen have not returned to their posts. Capacity has been restored to about 80 percent," the Securities Times reported on Saturday, citing A-share listed Shenzhen H&T Intelligent Control Co.

On Friday, the overall work resumption rate of Shenzhen Yanmade Technology exceeded 90 percent. Its workshops in Guangming district resumed normal production and operation, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Friday.

Yanmade, also listed on the A-share market, makes automated and intelligent test equipment.

As of Sunday, the company has found that the overall resumption rate of its supply chain is less than 15 percent. In response, the company is looking for other supply chain resources in unaffected areas.

There are still a number of areas in Shenzhen that are yet to be restored to normal, and these areas are home to a large number of upstream and downstream supply chain enterprises, said industry insiders.

Shenzhen is vowing to stabilize its supply chain and industrial chain by various measures and achieve maximum anti-epidemic results with minimum costs.

A company based in Shenzhen's Longgang district, which manufactures household robots, told the Global Times on Sunday afternoon that it has not yet received formal notice allowing resumed production.

"There's a good chance we can go back to work based on past experience," a manager said.