Auto Shows Italy: in Brescia, the Torbole automobile foundry tries to resist the crisis

21:10  11 january  2021
21:10  11 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The pandemic is hitting the Italian economy hard. According to the statistics institute nearly 17,000 companies could go out of business. The country is impatiently awaiting funds from the European recovery plan. In Brescia, the industrial hub of Lombardy, the Torbole automobile foundry is trying to resist the crisis. Reportage.

With our special correspondent in Brescia, Juliette Gheerbrant

About thirty mechanical production lines, bottles of gel everywhere and plexiglass walls between certain stations.

“We restarted slowly, and there we found our level of production and sales. But it is clear that the situation is changing, we live a bit from hand to mouth, "explains Pierluigi Bottichio, who heads the production.

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And economic uncertainty remains. “Overall, confinement will lead to a drop in activity of around 20%, in volume and in turnover. », Assures Fulgenzio Razio, director of human resources. The Covid has permanently transformed the life of the factory, he continues. “We have changed the hours of work, of meals, reorganized the changing rooms, the way of getting around, of meeting and that will stay. »

Especially since physical presence is required for 90% of employees. Ultimately, the hope for Fulgenzio Razio is the vaccine , but opinions differ among the teams: "I don't want it at all costs, but if it's useful, ask me, I will do it ”, explains Alberto Trotti, workshop manager. For Chafik Adrab, it is no. And Bashir Fall, like many, just wait and see, "I'm a little scared, but if I see someone doing it, a week later I will." The important thing in all of this, adds Bachir, is to move forward.

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