Progressive & Secured restart of PSA’s Van plant at Luton


The Groupe PSA plant at Luton produces mainly the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro vans.

Protecting our employees and protecting our company remain the two intangible principles for the management of our operations. Our enhanced measures protocol offers a high level of protection to our employees and is the first criterion for restarting our manufacturing sites. As industrial activity is driven by commercial activity, which is our second criterion, we are gradually and securely relaunching our industrial system to manufacture the cars expected by our customers. These two criteria will guide our decisions for the coming weeks and months.” Yann Vincent, EVP manufacturing of Groupe PSA.

“Since the shutdown of our site, we have implemented a reinforced health protocol on our industrial site with the support of our medical service and in close collaboration with our union partners. Thanks to this collective effort, validated by the audit that took place on 4 May, we can resume the manufacturing of the commercial vehicles on Monday 18 May, in a progressive and safe manner.” said Colin MacDonald, director of the Luton plant

Since the start of the COVID-19 health crisis, Groupe PSA’s priority has been to protect the health of its employees and ensure the sustainability of the company. During the shutdown period of its production activities, Groupe PSA deployed a protocol of reinforced health measures (1), adapted to the context of each industrial, commercial, tertiary and R&D site. Built with the health services, this protocol has been widely shared with representative trade union organisations and has been subject to systematic audits. In addition, auditors will be responsible for daily verifying of the application of barrier measures and gestures on the site and implementing corrective actions, if necessary.

With this progressive and responsible approach, the Group acts without any compromise to protect its employees and customers, while ensuring the sustainability of the company.

(1) Measures implemented

  • Use wherever possible of individual transport. For carpooling and public transport, provision of masks and predefined filling rule (staggered placement from the back of the bus).
  • Temperature check at the entrance to the site, in addition to symptom self-monitoring file
  • Individual supply of masks and hydro alcoholic gel
  • Wearing glasses and masks on site
  • Respect for a distance between people throughout the site, including rest areas, smoking areas with floor markings
  • Keep doors open (except fire doors) to avoid contact with the handles
  • Frequent cleaning of tools and work surfaces
  • Waiting time during any exchange of parts not prepared in the PSA environment
  • Adjustment of rotations between teams’ shifts to avoid crossovers