A month after announcing the restart of activities at the São Caetano do Sul plant – the first vehicle factory to reopen its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil – General Motors has now resumed production at all its plants of the South American country. By means of a press release, the local subsidiary confirmed that each of the five GM Brazil facilities is already operational again.
As in other regions, the company gradually restarted production in Brazil while complying with strict safety and hygiene standards to protect its workers. This includes an initial phase of a single work shift, as well as the adoption of health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus in the facilities – including the use of GM-manufactured face masks.
“The restart of GM vehicle production in Brazil went smoothly, thanks to strong teamwork. Our safety procedures are working well and our suppliers have done a great job implementing their return-to-work strategies and safety manuals,” GM Brazil’s communications department stated in a press release to local media.
Although it was not communicated in a timely manner, the restart of GM’s production in Brazil began in early May with the reopening of its two component manufacturing facilities. The first of these was the Mogi das Cruzes parts plant that reopened its doors on May 4, followed by the Joinville engine plant that resumed production on the 11th of last month.
On May 18, the GM São Caetano do Sul plant was added as the first vehicle manufacturing unit to resume its activities in the country. This plant was a priority because the all-new Chevrolet Tracker is produced there, the latest new-generation vehicle that the company has launched in the Brazilian market and which recently became the best-selling SUV in Brazil. In addition, the Chevrolet Joy, Montana and Spin are produced in that facility.
Finally, the local reopening process of the facilities ended last week when vehicle production resumed at the Gravataí and São José dos Campos plants. The first of these produces the second-generation Chevrolet Onix – the nation’s best-selling vehicle – while the second produces the Chevrolet S10 / TrailBlazer. As such, GM Brazil is hoping to recover a certain level of normality in its operations.