IVECO Pushes on with local production during the pandemic
Posted: 07-Apr-2020 |

All of Iveco Australia's divisions – most pertinently, its Melbourne production – remain operational in the face of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the truckmaker reports.

In a communique, Iveco notes its Dandenong manufacturing plant continues to function amid the "most stringent" of health and safety measures to protect its people.

"We'd like to share with you how we're navigating our way through this challenging period, while protecting the health and safety of our people, ensuring business continuity and fulfilling our responsibilities to all our key partners," the firm says.

"All business operations, including sales, service, parts and Capital Finance, continue to be available.

"Our factory in Dandenong, Victoria, which has a key role to play in helping keep Australia moving with the production of our heavy-duty models including Stralis X-Way and ACCO, remains operational at this point."

"From a supply chain perspective, we continue to work closely with our European parent company to monitor both global inventory and supply chain from vendors and we will ensure we keep our customers and suppliers informed on any developments," Iveco adds.

"While the health and safety of our employees remains our number one focus, please be assured that all of us at Iveco remain committed to delivering business continuity for all our customers."

The scenario in Australia is brighter than its overseas counterparts, with CNH Industrial (CNHI) recently telling the New York Stock Exchange it has withdrawn its financial outlook and suspended the majority of its South and North American manufacturing operations for a two-week period, starting March 30.

"The impact that such events may have on the Company's 2020 financial results cannot be reasonably estimated at this time due to the rapid development and fluidity of the situation," it says.

"Most component facilities will remain operational at low speed, in order to ensure the continuation of supply to the company's other manufacturing facilities in North America – specifically those that are deemed essential by the US Government.

"North [and South] American parts depots and most dealer locations will also remain open to maintain uninterrupted service to customers."

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