Fiat's Tychy car plant to resume production on June 16

"The Tychy plant is already fully prepared to resume production, both technically and, above all, in terms of safety and sanitary requirements," said FCA spokeswoman in Poland Dziekanowska. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has annouced that production at its factory in Tychy, southern Poland, will resume on June 16.

Production at the plant, which employs nearly 2,200 people, was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

FCA spokeswoman in Poland Beata Dziekanowska told PAP on Wednesday that the decision to resume production in Tychy was made, among other reasons, in view of the incoming orders, mainly from the Italian market, for the Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon models which are manufactured at the Polish factory.

"The Tychy plant is already fully prepared to resume production, both technically and, above all, in terms of safety and sanitary requirements," said Dziekanowska.

Before the downtime, the factory in Tychy produced an average of over 1,000 cars a day. The two-and-a-half months of downtime has resulted in the loss of production of around 65,000 cars.

FCA Poland, which owns the factory in Tychy, is the largest of 13 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group companies in Poland.