Sungrow, headquartered in Hefei, China, is one of the leading suppliers of solar inverters and battery energy storage systems in the world. The company’s manufacturing capacity got affected by the impact of COVID-19 in early Feb, 2020. This was the time when the Chinese New Year holiday was extended to contain the spread of the virus. Further, as a safety measure, people who returned from holiday travel were mandated to be in self-quarantine for 14 days before joining their workplaces.
Since the maximum number of Chinese people travel to their hometowns during this period, many Sungrow employees also travelled during this Annual holiday for the celebration. As many factory personnel returned from their hometown after the extended holiday, they also stayed in the self-quarantine as per the issued advisory. This initially had a short-term impact in the factory. The employees from other departments could work from home unlike the workshop which needed manpower at the shop floor.
As a tactical response to the newly developed challenging situation, Sungrow hired and trained hundreds of workers on a temporary basis to get the manufacturing jobs that didn’t require much technical know-how or expertise. Although Sungrow received approval to restart production in February, it ensured that the necessary safety measures were in place and protections were available for its workers. Employees were provided gloves and masks, and temperature measurement at the entrance were strictly followed to prevent them from getting infected.
Sungrow’s 50-gigawatt capacity factory is equipped with a high level of automation and state of the art technologies. This high level of automation and spacious workshop helped the workers to maintain social distancing within the factory while doing their job on the shop floor. Workers were also prohibited from gatherings during lunch time at the cafeteria and the food was delivered to respective workstations as an alternate method.