COVID-19: Goodyear Temporarily Suspends European Production, Optimizes Warehouse Operations
In response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect its employees and respond to the sudden decline in market demand, Goodyear’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business intends to temporarily close its European tire and retread plants in phases by the end of this week, until at least April 3 and until further notice.
This includes the company’s plants in France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovenia. It also includes the Dębica plant in Poland.
In order to maintain customer service, warehouses will remain operational on a reduced staffing schedule, with strong social distancing practices in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees and business partners, which remain Goodyear’s highest considerations.
These temporary measures will be implemented in full agreement with local social partners and in a way to allow prompt production startup when public health and market conditions improve.
Around the world, Goodyear has also implemented smart working and social distancing measures at its facilities to do its part as a global company to help slow the pandemic.
Goodyear continues to evaluate its production plans with respect to its North American operations and other operations around the world. The company continues to closely monitor and manage its inventory levels and supply of raw materials.
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 74,000 people and manufactures its products in 57 facilities in 23 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.