Coronavirus impact: Kia Motors, Yamaha to suspend production at India units1 min read . Updated: 23 Mar 2020, 06:34 PM IST
- Some of India's top automakers have announced suspension of operations and shutting down of factories
- Tata Motors, M&M, Maruti Suzuki India, Hero MotoCorp have also shut down production units
NEW DELHI: Kia Motors India Ltd, the local arm of the South Korean manufacturer, and India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd, subsidiary of the Japanese two-wheeler maker, on Monday suspended production at their respective factories following the alarming rise in cases of Covid-19 in the country.
“Keeping in mind the safety and well-being of all our consumers, employees, workers, partners, and associates pan India, Kia Motors India has decided to suspend all its operations with immediate effect. With this, company’s manufacturing facility in Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) and company office premises will stop functioning until further notice," it said on Monday.
On Sunday, Kia’s sister firm, Hyundai Motor India Ltd had suspended production at its Chennai unit.
“India Yamaha Motor (IYM) Pvt. Ltd. has taken the preventive counter-measure of suspending its manufacturing operations at its plants in Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Surajpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Faridabad (Haryana) till 31 March 2020, said the company in a press note on Monday.
India now has 425 confirmed cases, with death toll at eight. World over, 349,211 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus, which was first reported in China's Wuhan in December, with death toll at 15,308.
The Centre and state governments have ordered lockdown across 75 districts in the country, urging companies to ask employees to work from home, to contain the spread of the disease.
The Society of India Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), a lobby group of automobile manufacturers, has advised auto makers and component manufacturers to stop production, keeping in mind the safety of their employees.
Over the last few days, some of India's top automakers have announced suspension of operations and shutting down of factories as the pandemic races through the country leaving a trail of infected people.
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd – country’s largest vehicle manufacturer – on Sunday, announced its decision to stop manufacturing vehicles at its two factories in Haryana, indefinitely. Work at the research and development centre in Rohtak will also be stopped.
Hero MotoCorp Ltd, India's largest two wheeler manufacturer, also announced its decision to stop work at its factories across the country, including its research and development facility in Jaipur till month end. Manufacturing units in other countries like Colombia and Bangladesh will also be shut down.
FCA India Pvt Ltd, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and Tata Motors Ltd have also stopped production.