Volkswagen's Polish plant to restart production on April 27

Volkswagen Poznan, which employs 11,000 people and operates four plants, suspended production on March 19. FILIP SINGER/PAP/EPA

Volkswagen Poznan, a Polish unit of the German car maker, will gradually reinstate manufacturing from April 27, after a five-week break caused by the coronavirus threat, the company said in a news release on Thursday.

Volkswagen Poznan, which employs 11,000 people and operates four plants, suspended production on March 19.

The unit's Polish plants will gradually restart production, but its volume will depend on the availability of spare parts, administrative regulations and developments on target markets, the company said.

Volkswagen Poznan CEO Jens Ocksen said the plants had been getting ready for a safe production re-launch for the past weeks.

The company will introduce safety measures for its workers, including distancing and personal protective gear, and all production line workers will receive masks and gloves, company officials said.

Volkswagen Poznan has paid full wages for its employees over the five weeks of closure, in line with arrangements made with the company's trade union, Solidarnosc Volkswagen Poznan, the company said.

In 2019, Volkswagen Poznan manufactured a total of 266,127 delivery vehicles.