Yamaha Motor Europe has suspended production at its Italian and French factories in response to COVID-19. The Motori Minarelli engine factory in Calderara di Reno, Italy, and the MBK Industrie assembly plant in Saint-Quentin, France will be closed until at least 22nd March, after which they will review the situation on a weekly basis.
Eric de Seynes, the CEO and President 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.”
ADVrider applauds Yamaha for ensuring that the employees are looked after financially during this crisis. There will be a significant cost to consumers, but the real cost will be borne by the workers, sub-contractors and the suppliers.
A few days ago we reported that Ducati, Moto Morini, KTM and Brembo suspended production at facilities in Italy and Austria. It is likely that more manufacturers will follow in the coming weeks.