COVID-19: Automobile Production Halted As Plants Get Shut Down

Publish On: 23 Mar, 2020 04:48 PM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

CHENNAI: India's second-largest carmaker Hyundai Motor India Ltd, two and three-wheeler makers TVS Motor Company Ltd, Eicher Motors Ltd and Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd have announced the closure of their plants so as to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement, Hyundai Motor India said it's suspending manufacturing operations near the city from March 23 till further notice. "We will await further notifications from the government to resume plant operations," the corporate said.

The carmaker has two plants near here with a capacity to roll out about seven lakh units on a yearly basis.

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Two and three-wheeler maker TVS Motor during a regulatory filing said as an interim measure it's decided to shut operations in the least its manufacturing facilities and offices for 2 days effective from Monday.

"The Company would take further steps after reviewing the matter," the statement added.

Similarly, Eicher Motors that rolls out Bullet and other motorcycles during a regulatory filing said it's decided to suspend all operations globally, starting Monday, March 23, 2020, till March 31, 2020.

"This will include the company's manufacturing facilities across Tiruvottiyur, Oragadam and Vallam Vadagal in Chennai, Technical Centres across Chennai and at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire within the UK, and each and every company offices and company-owned dealerships in India," Eicher Motors said.

Eicher Motors has further issued advisories to all of their dealerships in India to pack up for an equivalent period of time , or follow local administrative orders, as may apply.

"During such time period, company employees will still work-from-home, and there'll be no salary deduction for any permanent or temporary employees or workforce, and no reduction of the workforce," Eicher Motors said.

Another two-wheeler maker Suzuki Motorcycle India has said that they have suspended production at its factory at Kherki Dhaula, Gurugram till further notice.

"This is in sight of the precautionary measures taken within the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and in line with the Haryana Government directives during this regard," Suzuki Motorcycle said.

While the corporate has taken all measures to make sure the well-being of its employees at the workplace, we've announced a 'Work from Home' advisory to our employees and associates who aren't involved maintaining essential services, a Koichiro Hirao, director, Suzuki Motorcycle said.

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On Sunday India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India, Mahindra & Mahindra and Hero MotoCorp announced shutting down of their plants.