On the 20th June 2020, the Selangor Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Amirudin Bin Shari, made a visit to the Assembly Services Sdn Bhd (ASSB) to personally observe the best practices and procedures put in place in accordance with the Government’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to curb the spread of COVID-19. ASSB is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd involved in the local assembly of Toyota vehicles.
Dato’ Seri Amirudin Bin Shari was welcomed at the plant at the Bukit Raja Industrial Estate in Selangor by the top management of UMW Toyota Motor and ASSB. After receiving a briefing on the plant’s operations, he was taken on a tour of the facility which currently assembles the Toyota Yaris and Toyota Vios.
At various areas such as the motorcycle parking section, staff locker rooms and canteen, the changes made to meet social distancing requirements were highlighted to the Menteri Besar. In accordance with the SOPs, body temperature checks are conducted daily, hand sanitization and utilization of face masks are made part of the new normal. In the canteen, the seating has been rearranged to provide distancing and the menu now consists of pre-packed food.
Besides staggering working times, new procedures aimed at minimizing interaction so as to reduce the risks of coronavirus spread have been put in place. ASSB has also adopted measures from Toyota plants in other countries in response to the pandemic. One example shown to the Menteri Besar was the installation of an additional partition at the Door Assembly Process.
While at the plant, the Menteri Besar also visited Toyota Boshoku UMW Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture between Toyota Boshoku and UMW Toyota Motor which makes seat sets, door trims, headlinings, package trays for use in many models assembled locally.
As it has suitable equipment, Toyota Boshoku UMW set up production lines to produce Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) which is required by medical staff treating COVID-19 patients. Up to more than 10,000 PPE items consisting of Boot Covers, Head Covers and Gowns were provided in support to the Ministry of Health for distribution to hospitals around the country.
A small ceremony was held for ASSB and Toyota Boshoku UMW to hand over PPE kits to the Menteri Besar as a gesture of goodwill to the Selangor State Government. The kits consisted of 100 pieces each of gowns, head covers and boot covers.