Cooper Tire Europe restarting manufacturing in Melksham
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced that Cooper Tire Europe plans to begin the process of reopening its manufacturing plant in Melksham, England, in the first half of June, and expects to be producing tyres there by 15 June 2020. The facility, which primarily manufactures motorcycle and racing tyres, has been temporarily closed since late March due to coronavirus.
To help protect employees returning to the plant, Cooper reports that it has put in place “a comprehensive set of health and safety procedures that include required employee disclosures, increased cleaning and disinfecting of
facilities and equipment, social distancing and physical barriers, visitor restrictions, and other measures.”
Similar procedures have been in effect at Cooper plants in China, the United States and Serbia, all of which reopened after temporary closures, and are in various stages of ramping production back up according to demand, which has been impacted industry wide by the global pandemic.