Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO (NYSE:AGCO), announces that it has implemented reinforced health measures and manufacturing processes for a safe and sustainable restart of production at its Beauvais facility April, 27th.
The manufacturing activities have been on hold since March, 17th.
Since the start of the crisis, Massey Ferguson has faced the coronavirus threat head-on, to keep teams, dealers and customers safe, whilst ensuring continuous dealer and customer support to supporting our farmers and protecting the food supply in this time of uncertainty and to help the community with initiatives such as donations of masks, gloves, overalls and 3D printed face shields to support our local Healthcare heroes.
From February, the AGCO and Massey Ferguson management committee took further measures such as remote working, when the activity allows, or protective measures which go above and beyond the recommendations of the health authorities, in the event of a necessary on-site presence, as is the case at our Ennery (France) parts distribution warehouse.
"As we are restarting the production in our Beauvais facility today April, 27th, we will not compromise the health of our employees. The production restart is absolutely critical for the sustainability of the whole business chain but needs to be carried out under optimal and sustainable conditions. This is why this restart has been made possible as we have been able to meet two critical conditions.” said Thierry Lhotte, Vice President & Managing Director Massey Ferguson Europe & Middle East.
“First, we need to be able to guarantee the health and safety of all of our employees through reinforced preventative measures defined with the commitment of Internal Teams, Unions’ Representatives and our medical advisors. These measures include temperature check for each employee, safe social distancing, availability of masks and other protection/detection equipment such as face shields and sanitized gel, different work organization, cleaning and disinfecting the environment, not only in the Manufacturing workshop but also in the offices. On the other hand, and to make sure we can action a sustainable restart, we need to make sure that all of our suppliers, facing the same challenges, are able to supply the needed parts and components to allow production without new disruption. Our Purchasing and Materials Management teams are working everyday with full energy and strong commitment to plan ramp-up again in coordination and close alignment with Manufacturing and all suppliers.”, added Mr. Lhotte.
“I’m really proud and confident in the ability, commitment and creativity of our teams to see us through this crisis. Our team spirit and transparent social dialogue with our Workers Unions’ has been a key asset to ensure an agile, safe and gradual restart of our activities in Beauvais on April 27th." added Mr Lhotte.
“Our AGCO employees are going above and beyond to restart production of the equipment our dealers and customers need for the critical planting and harvesting seasons,” said Torsten Dehner, Senior Vice-President & General Manager AGCO Europe & Middle East. “The Beauvais team did a tremendous job on securing both health and safety conditions as well as solid, robust, reliable, sustainable components supply from our suppliers We appreciate their hard work and collaboration to help farmers keep feeding the world.”