Today, , held a video call with Hildegard Müller, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), on the sector’s contribution to public health amidst the coronavirus crisis. At present, a large number of companies in Germany’s automotive industry are demonstrating their commitment to mitigating the crisis by adapting production structures, procuring protective equipment, and making donations in cash or kind.
Federal Minister Peter Altmaier said: “In hard times like these, companies are making a great difference through donations, flexible changes to production, and by releasing medical staff from their duties so that these are available for public health services. Together we bear a great responsibility for overcoming this crisis. Therefore, a culture of solidarity and cooperation in society at large, but also between companies, is of vital importance.”
“Due to the coronavirus crisis, Germany’s automotive sector is faced with an unprecedented challenge. Our member companies are working hard to tackle this crisis while making a contribution to society and public health,” VDA President Hildegard Müller said. “My thanks go to the businesses that are donating equipment, are providing helpers with financial resources, or have begun at short notice to produce components for medical appliances or protective masks. Equally, I would like to commend our government for its quick and targeted handling of the current crisis.”