There also are monumental issues regarding efficiency to grapple with, Ostermann said.
“We are trying to start up 200 vehicle programs in a matter of days or weeks,” he noted. “The likelihood that there are some hiccups with some Tier 1 suppliers or some Tier 2 suppliers is just very, very high.”
It’s a good thing, he added, that most assembly plants are only anticipating to resume at half of their normal production capacity.
“That, at least, gives us a little bit of a window,” he said.
It was not known last week whether compan- ies up and down the supply chain possess adequate personal protective equipment and testing capacity to put employees back to work.
Wilm Uhlenbecker, CEO of Brose North America, also wondered about how the new normal of factory procedures will affect production efficiency.
“We all have to adjust to the new normal in our factories and on the shop floor,” he said in the Automotive News webcast. “How does staggered shifts begin? Six-feet social distancing,…