Covid-19: MBDA temporarily shuts down French and Italian facilities, other sites being reviewed

19 March 2020

MBDA’s Exocet production site at Selles Saint-Denis is one of the company’s French facilities that have been closed through to 24 March because of the coronavirus. Italian sites have been temporarily closed also, while measures at the company’s other global facilities are being reviewed. Source: MBDA

MBDA has temporarily closed its facilities in both France and Italy while those countries introduce special measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, while measures at its other national sites in Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and beyond are under review.

Speaking to Jane's on 19 March, a spokesperson for the European missile manufacturer said that its sites at Cazaux, Bourges, Selles Saint-Denis, La-Croix-Saint-Ouen, and Le Plessis-Robinson in France have been closed until the latter end of March, while those at La Spezia, Fusaro, and Rome in Italy have been closed for a short period.

"All French sites have been closed until 24 March for deep cleaning and to restructure production in order to implement the safety measures requested by the French authorities. All our Italian sites have been closed for one or two days to undertake their deep cleaning [in order] to complement the daily sanitisation requested by the Italian authorities," the spokesperson said.

Besides France and Italy, MBDA has sites and offices at Aschau am Inn, Schrobenhausen, and Ulm in Germany; Madrid in Spain; London, Stevenage, Bristol, and Bolton in the United Kingdom; Brussels in Belgium; Warsaw in Poland; Virginia and Alabama in the United States; New-Delhi in India; Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Doha in Qatar; and Abu-Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

"The priority for the company is to take care of our employees' health, while providing continuous support to our governments and military forces, and adapting our measures to the situation in each country. As such, employees able to work from home have been requested to do so in all our domestic countries to support business continuity," the spokesperson told Jane's , adding, "These measures are constantly reviewed and adapted according to the evolution of the pandemic and the local regulations."

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