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Italian supercar firm set to re-open Maranello factory on 14 April
James Attwood, digital editor
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2 mins read
27 March 2020

Ferrari is planning to resume production at its Maranello factory on 14 April, a month after work at the plant was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The Italian firm suspended production at the facility on 15 March largely due to supply chain issues, and for the safety of its employees. Maranello is in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, which borders Lombardy - the region worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The shutdown was originally scheduled to last until today (Friday 27 March) - but although the closure has now been extended, Ferrari said in a statement that “subject to supply chain continuity, it now plans to resume production as of 14 April.”

It added: “All activities that can be conducted in smart working will continue to be performed as has been the case in recent weeks. The company will continue to cover all days of absence to those unable to take advantage of this solution.

“Given the huge uncertainty and lack of predictability that the Covid-19 has created, the company is taking all appropriate actions to assure the wellbeing and welfare of its employees and that are deemed to be in the best interest of all stakeholders.”

The firm is understood to have support from unions for the plan to resume production, and with measures put in place to ensure employee safety. Ferrari has continued to pay staff in full while production has been halted.

It is understood that Ferrari has not experienced an abnormal amount of order cancellations, and is looking at ways of making up the production shortfall. This could be done by temporarily adding a second shift or by working on Saturdays.

Ferrari said it will provide a further update into its financial situation during an investor earnings call on 4 May.

The Agnelli family, whose Exor holding company controls Ferrari, has supported efforts to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak in Italy with a €10 million (£8.85m) donation to the Italian civil protection department. 

Exor firms, including Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, also purchased 150 ventilators and arranged for them to be shipped to Italy. They have also purchased and distributed respirators, medical kit and masks.

Ferrari and other Exor firms have also been working with the Italian ventilator production firm Siare Engineering, helping it source parts from other markets to speed up its manufacturing. It is believed that Ferrari has offered to help by using its facilities to assist in production of key components of the firm's ventilators. That would likely include the use of its machine plant and foundry.

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NoPasaran 28 March 2020

Dreaming is nice but

I highly doubt they will restart on 14th.

LucyP 27 March 2020

I didn't think that Donald Trump was also the President.........

of Ferrari.

There has been a record rise in the number of Corona deaths in Italy today, yet in 2.5 weeks, everything will be sufficiently normal as to allow car production in Northern Italy to resume?

If it isn't Trump, then I assume that "Comical Ali" from the Gulf War has been employed as Ferrari's head of communications!

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