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Webasto Informs about Other Employees Infected with the Coronavirus and Initiates Further Measures

Stockdorf/Munich – January, 28, 2020 –  Among the employees of the automotive supplier Webasto additional cases of infection with coronavirus have been detected. Due to the recent developments the decision has been made to extend the measures which had been already implemented to protect the workforce of Webasto. This was announced by the company late Tuesday evening.

"We have currently notice of three further employees who tested positive and at the moment we are investigating the colleagues who were in contact with them," explains Holger Engelmann, CEO of the Webasto Group.

Like the employee whose infection was announced on Monday, the three other colleagues work at the company’s headquarters in Stockdorf (Starnberg district close to Munich). The company remains in close contact with the responsible authorities and follows the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute.

Yesterday, Webasto had already cancelled all business trips to and from China for at least the next two weeks and employees at the Stockdorf location were offered to work at home this week. Given the newly arisen situation, further steps have been taken:

  • until Sunday, February 2, 2020: temporary closure of the Stockdorf site
  • until Sunday, February 2, 2020: any travel of employees from the company’s headquarters in Stockdorf to national and international locations is stopped (for China it remains two weeks)
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020: Start of systematic testing of identified contacts to the concerned persons by a team of doctors from the public health department

Webasto informed its employees on Tuesday evening about the new measures in place.

About Webasto

The Webasto Group is a global innovative systems partner to almost all automobile manufacturers and among the top 100 suppliers in this industry sector. The company’s product portfolio comprises a broad range of roof and heating systems for every type of vehicle and all drive types as well as battery systems and charging solutions. Moreover, Webasto has a strong position in the aftermarket providing dealers and end customers with customized solutions and services relating to thermo management and electromobility. In 2020 the company generated sales of around 3.3 billion euros and had over 14,000 employees at more than 50 locations (with over 30 of these being manufacturing plants). The headquarters of the company, founded in 1901, is located in Stockdorf near Munich (Germany).