Suzuki visits Maruti’s Manesar plant

Suzuki visits Maruti’s Manesar plant

New Delhi: Suzuki Motor Corp. chairman Osamu Suzuki told workers at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd’s Manesar plant on Monday that the facility, the site of a violent worker-management clash on 18 July, continues to enjoy top priority in the company’s scheme of things.

The chairman “spent some good three hours at the plant and met workers and some of the injured executives who have re-joined work", said a Maruti plant official, requesting anonymity. “His message was clear that the plant holds importance for the company as it aims to sell 3 million units per year by 2016."

The plant in Manesar has produced 436 cars in the first five days of operations, compared with a target of 900 units.

“The production is expected to be increased from Monday as more workers have joined work," said the official cited above. “We hope to achieve optimum production in a week."

The plant produces half of the 1.2 million cars the company sells every year.

The company also has a manufacturing facility in Gurgaon and plans to set up new facilities in Gujarat. Suzuki inspected the site for the new plant during his visit to Gujarat last week.

“Suzuki also visited the powertrain plant and motorcycle engine facility, which is close by," said a senior official at Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd, a unit of Maruti that makes engines and transmission for cars. “The chairman addressed the workers and asked us to reduce the cost of manufacturing but to maintain the quality of the product."

Suzuki’s week-long visit to India ends on Tuesday with Maruti’s annual shareholders’ meeting. Shares of Maruti Suzuki fell 1.82% to close at 1,168.80 on BSE. The benchmark Sensex shed 0.59%.

amrit.r@livemint.com

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