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Several Indian companies suspend production

The Indian manufacturing industry reacts to outbreak COVID-19

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A couple of days ago, SIAM (Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers) and ACMA (The Automotive Components Manufacturers Association of India), have advised all OEMs to halt their operations. With this advisory, most of the OEMs have suspended their production including Honda Cars India, Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai Motor India, etc.

In its statement, Hyundai India said, “Keeping this in mind, Hyundai Motor India Ltd will be taking the preventive counter-measure of suspending its Manufacturing operations at the Chennai facility from Monday, 23rd March 2020 till further notice to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) - a global pandemic. We will await further notifications from State Government to resume plant operations.”

Hero MotoCorp has decided to halt operations at all its global manufacturing facilities – including in India, Colombia and Bangladesh - and the Global Parts Centre (GPC) at Neemrana with immediate effect until March 31, 2020.  It said in the statement, “Employees at all the other functions and locations including the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan will continue to work from home, except for those whose physical presence is necessary to run the day-to-day essential services.”

Ford Motor Company is also temporarily suspending vehicle and engine production at its India, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam manufacturing sites in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus. “The health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers, partners and communities is our highest priority,” said Mark Ovenden, president, International Markets Group. “We are continuing to act in real time and taking added safety measures by temporarily halting production at our manufacturing sites in the international markets.”

Next, Suzuki Motorcycle India has suspended production at its manufacturing plant at Kherki Dhaula, Gurgaon till further notice. This is in view of the precautionary measures taken in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with the Haryana Government directives in this regard. SMIPL Managing Director, Koichiro Hirao said, “While the Company has taken all measures to ensure the well-being of its employees at the workplace, we have announced a `Work from Home’ advisory to our employees and associates who are not involved with maintaining essential services.

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