Major manufacturers in Shanghai resume production amid strict coronavirus prevention measures
Published: Apr 19, 2022 03:14 PM
A view of the Lujiazui area in Shanghai Photo: Xinhua

A view of the Lujiazui area in Shanghai Photo: Xinhua

Multiple Shanghai-based enterprises including top Chinese automaker SAIC Motor started to resume factory production following the guideline unveiled by local authorities on Saturday, aiming to push businesses back on track in tandem with strict epidemic prevention measures. 

The first vehicle from SAIC Motor after the Shanghai lockdown rolled off the production line on Tuesday, according to a statement sent to the Global Times by the company. 

SAIC Motor started the testing production for a variety of measures including closed-loop management, epidemic prevention protocols, and the management for employees, supply chains and logistics in a bid to fully figure out the difficulties and obstacles to resuming normal operations, while formulating strict epidemic prevention measures to ensure worker safety.

The person in charge of the company's Lingang base told the Global Times that the factory is planning to adopt a single-shift work system starting on Tuesday, hoping to return back to its pre-epidemic scheduling system as soon as possible if supply chains remains stable.

SAIC Motor has also been coordinating with almost 400 suppliers in order to determine supplier capacity, inventory, and raw materials for production resumption, the company said. 

China's leading construction equipment maker Sany Group restored production on Monday as more than 2,100 employees have been accommodated in the plant base in Shanghai since March 27, the reported on Tuesday, citing the company's administrative director Lu Yunshuai. 

Lu said that the international businesses had been unaffected and orders are being delivered on time for export, noting that the production of domestic orders has returned to about 30 percent of normal levels and is expected to return to standard production levels within this week.

Chinese steelmaker Baosteel resumed production at its Shanghai base as of Monday, domestic news website reported. The company said that about one-third of its Shanghai-based employees are under closed-loop management. 

The Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization released a guideline on Saturday, vowing all district governments and authorities at different levels would actively support enterprises to resume operations and guide their epidemic prevention and control work using a case-by-case approach.

Global Times