To be honest, it was a bit of surprise when last week MV Agusta announced that it was going to keep its factory open in Varese.
Situated in the hard-hit Lombardy region of Italy, the move seemed counter-intuitive to what was happening to the region because of the coronavirus.
Now, we get word that MV Agusta is going to close its factory, after the Italian Prime Minister announced on Sunday night more restrictive measures for prevention and containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Accordingly, the MV Agusta factory will be completely vacated by its staff, while all administrative and non-production roles will be carried out at home, where possible. All other personnel will use “Cassa Integrazione Guadagni” or unused holiday allowances for their time off.
“The safety of our employees and the compliance with all Government provisions are our number one priority,” said Timur Sardarov, CEO of MV Agusta Motor S.p.A.
“We will do our part and fully collaborate with those who are presently working hard for the common good, scrupulously following their directions. We look to the future with confidence, ready for a new start once the emergency is over.”
Though MV Agusta insists that the factory shutdown is temporary, at this time it is impossible to know when it might reopen, as Italy continues to suffer greatly from the coronavirus outbreak.
As of this writing, Italy has found 59,138 COVID-19 infections, and experienced 5,476 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. This is the most deaths recorded from any nation for this pandemic.
We wish everyone at MV Agusta, and in Italy, the best as they go through this very difficult time.
Source: MV Agusta