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Mon March 9 03:28 pm 2020 in category Articles

Nokian Tyres has initiated precautions concerning the COVID-19 outbreak

Nokian Tyres, March 9, 2020 - Head of Global Security Jukka Rikkinen shares details of the precautions Nokian Tyres has taken to ensure business continuity and serving our customers.

Nokian Tyres and Vianor continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and are taking appropriate measures for our employees, business operations and our customers. Our priority is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our people and to minimize the impact to the customers. I would like to share an update on Nokian Tyres’s approach to managing this situation.

Nokian Tyres is closely tracking updates from global health organizations and following the guidelines issued by local governments in all areas we operate. We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our employees. As an additional precaution, we have temporarily suspended international business travel.

Since the beginning of the outbreak in China, we have activated our global Business Continuity Program and taken all actions within our control to ensure employee safety and customer delivery. Strategic resiliency is the strength of Nokian Tyres’ delivery network. We have taken extra precautions to ensure deliveries to our customers and prohibited visits in our factory locations.

The company has issued self-quarantine rules to staff and associates traveling internationally on high outbreak areas. We have requested our personnel to also reconsider all traveling and to work from home for two weeks if having traveled in countries that are listed as outbreak areas or potential outbreak areas. All travelers, business or leisure, are expected to contact their superior as well as the occupational health care before they return to their posts in the office.

Currently, Nokian Tyres raw material supply chain is not impacted by the corona outbreak. We have taken extra risk management measures to mitigate the risk in the supply chain. So far, all our raw materials suppliers operate as normal. However, we do expect delays in transportations due to the blank sailings, but we do have safety stocks that cover the delays, so they do not put our production at risk. We also have back-up suppliers. We follow the situation actively and update the status as it develops.

To ensure we are able to deliver the products and services to our customers, Nokian Tyres and Vianor are working continuously on site-specific contingency plans for scenarios including temporary office closures or additional travel restrictions.

Jukka Rikkinen
Head of Global Safety

 

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