In view of the increasing impact of Coronavirus, several major vehicle manufacturing companies of the country including Maruti Suzuki (MSI), Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Honda Cars have stopped production in their factories across the country till further orders. People are being asked to stay in their homes to prevent the spread of Corona virus infection worldwide. In India too, the government has taken several precautionary measures to prevent its spread.
In view of this, the auto companies have decided to keep the factories closed for some time so that their employees stay at home and avoid infection. Maruti Suzuki India has stopped production in its Gurgaon and Manesar factories with immediate effect. The company has said that its research and development center at Rohtak in Haryana will also be closed during this period. This period of shutdown will depend on the policy of the government.
At the same time, Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) has also announced to stop activities in its two factories located in the country till 31 March. HCIL has said that production work in its Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh and Tapukara, Rajasthan factories will be suspended from 23 to 31 March. He has a desire to start the factory from April 1 but it will all depend on the instructions from the government.
Similarly, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has also announced to suspend all its manufacturing activities in Maharashtra till further orders. Mahindra & Mahindra has also said that it has stopped manufacturing activities in its Nagpur factory with immediate effect. Its Chakan (Pune) and Kandivali (Mumbai) factories will also cease production from Monday. Work is being done from home in the company’s offices located across the country.
Vehicle manufacturer Fiat has also announced to stop operations in its factories in the country by the end of this month. Workings of Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd, a joint venture company of vehicle maker FCA, in Ranjangaon’s factory have also been temporarily suspended. MG Motor India has said that production work at its Halol (Gujarat) factory will be closed till 25 March.
Apart from this, Tata Motors, Hyundai, Toyota Kirloskar Motor have also announced to temporarily stop working in manufacturing units.
Two-wheeler maker Hero Moto Corp and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) have suspended operations in all their factories. Hero has said that he has stopped production work till 31 March. Apart from India, activities have been stopped in Colombia and Bangladesh till 31 March. Apart from this, work has also been stopped in the Global Parts Center at Neemrana until 31 March 2020.
HMSI has announced to cease operations at all its four manufacturing plants in the country. The statement said that the duration of this detention would depend on the policy of the government. The policy of working from home has been implemented for all except those who are required to come to the offices.
TVS Motor said on Monday that it was shutting down production at all its plants for two days to protect its employees from the corona virus epidemic. She will take further steps after reviewing the situation.
Industry organizations related to the manufacturing of vehicles and components in India have asked their members to close the plant due to Corona virus epidemic. Siam (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) and ACMA (Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association) have requested their members to consider closing the plants in view of deteriorating conditions due to COVID-19.
SIAM Chairman Rajan Vadhera said original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and members of the auto component industry have been asked to consider temporarily closing their plants for a limited period during this period of crisis so that employees can get the virus.