auto companies that were forced to shut their plants in the wake of the lockdown
that followed the precautions against covid-19 pandemic have now started their local production at their respective plants across the country. These
include the likes of BMW India, Mercedes-Benz India, TVS Motor Company, Royal
Enfield, VECV, Hero MotoCorp and Bharat Forge.
BMW GROUP INDIA: BMW
Group India started operations at Plant Chennai on May 7, 2020 in accordance
with guidelines issued by local authorities. Local production at the plant started
with less than 50% of the regular workforce. All other employees will continue
to work from home. The Plant will resume its operations in a single shift.
Depending on the pandemic situation and government advisories, deployment of
staff will be adjusted steadily.
Plant Chennai has implemented several precautionary measures to create a safe
working environment including remodelling of plant layout to ensure strict
social distancing, individual protective gear for all employees, daily health
check-ups, staggered lunch schedules, pre-packed meals and highest level of
National Sales Company and BMW India Financial Services based out of BMW Group
India headquarters in Gurugram will continue to work from home. BMW, MINI and
BMW Motorrad Dealerships across the country will restart the operations in adherence
to local government directives and advisories while maintaining necessary
safety and hygiene measures.
INDIA: Mercedes-Benz announced the restarting of production at its
manufacturing facility at Chakan, Pune. The production has commenced in a
graded manner following the directives from the Government of Maharashtra to
reopen and resume operations. The company will plan a gradual ramp-up in the
coming weeks depending completely on the evolving current situation, which is
being monitored closely by the Leadership Team.
safety, health and well-being of the employees, customers and suppliers
continue to be of utmost importance to Mercedes-Benz India and the company has
taken all the necessary precautions while restarting operations. The production
has begun with only the essential staff at the production facility, adhering to
all the required social distancing protocols and mandated safety and sanitization
measures implemented. Those employees whose work deliverables do not require
them to be present at work, will however continue to work from home.
India’s select dealers across different regions have also started operations as
per the government guidelines and necessary permissions from local authorities.
Mercedes-Benz India dealerships have also started operations in some regions
implementing the business re-start protocols for maintaining a safe, secure and
highly sanitized environment at the dealerships, and also while interacting
with customers, visitors and suppliers.
ROYAL ENFIELD: Royal
Enfield, part of the Eicher Group, had suspended its manufacturing operations on
March 23, 2020 in line with Government directives of lockdown to curtail the
spread of COVID-19
to the new directives issued by the Government on May 1, 2020 with regards to resumption
of manufacturing, industrial and commercial business activities, Royal Enfield
has resumed operations at its manufacturing facilities starting May 6, 2020,
the company stated in a press release. The company’s manufacturing unit at
Oragadam, near Chennai, India will be the first to begin operations in a
staggered manner, with minimal staff over a single shift. Employees and shop
floor staff residing in and around plant locations will be aligned to work in
these units so as to avoid long-distance travel and minimise contact during
transportation. There will be complete compliance to norms of social distancing
& workplace sanitisation. Operations at the other two manufacturing
facilities - Tiruvottiyur and Vallam Vadagal - will be started in a phased
manner. All other office locations including corporate offices in Chennai,
Gurgaon and the UK Technical Centre will continue to remain closed, and employees
will work from home as of now.
company further noted that while the majority of Royal Enfield dealer network
will continue to remain closed, around 120 dealerships have begun partial
operations. “We expect around 300 dealerships, in all, to be operational by mid
May with strict safety measures and social distancing norms will be followed at
dealerships as well. The company will offer facilities like ‘home test-rides’
to ensure adherence to preventive safety measures. During the period of the
lockdown, Royal Enfield has extended warranty and free service validity for a
period of two months. Royal Enfield will continue to closely monitor the
situation and take appropriate action as per regulatory and administrative
guidance,” the release added.
VEHICLES: VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) announced the resumption of
manufacturing operations in seven of its plants in the country. These plants
located in Pithampur, Dewas, and Baggad in Madhya Pradesh and Thane in
Maharashtra have resumed lean operations after the required permissions were
granted by the state government. VECV had earlier initiated sanitisation
processes, maintenance of their plant and machinery, annual stock-taking and
various steps required to maintain social distancing and other safety norms.
operations have been initiated at 25-40% levels in these plants with strict
adherence to the guidelines and advisories laid down by the Central and State
Government as well as the local authorities. The priority continues to be to
service the customers with dispatch of parts to various service centres,
dispatch of already produced BSVI vehicles, and meeting the needs of
transporters engaged in delivery of essential goods. VE Power Train plant has
also resumed manufacturing and exports of engines for Volvo Group requirements.
Eicher Engineering Components (EEC) plants at Dewas have resumed lean
operations to meet requirements of exports customers engaged in agricultural
tractors, harvesters, essential mining and construction segment. Additionally,
EEC plant at Thane has also received limited permission to resume lean
operations where work will commence soon as per strict government guidelines.
company’s dealerships have been maintaining emergency support for vehicles
carrying essential goods with Eicher On Road Service (EOS 24x7). Currently, 139
workshops and 40 site support setups are partially operational as per
permissions from respective Government authorities. New processes have been
introduced to ensure all safety norms at these workshops including social
distancing, sanitisation of premises and vehicles before servicing, thermal
screening & other checks to ensure safety of workforce as well as customers
and drivers visiting our workshops. Keeping customer centricity at the core
during these times, VECV had extended warranty, free service, and annual
maintenance contracts till 30th June for its entire Eicher Trucks & Buses
TVS MOTOR COMPANY: TVS
Motor Company commenced its operations in India across all factories in Hosur,
Mysuru and Nalagarh. A comprehensive
preparedness manual has been designed for employees to ensure complete
adherence to necessary safety guidelines to help minimise the spread of the
virus. At all its manufacturing
facilities, the company has undertaken exhaustive measures to ensure safe workplace
for employees with appropriate social distancing and highest standards of
hygiene. Work from Home option also
continues for certain category of people, in adherence to respective state
HERO MOTOCORP: Hero
MotoCorp has commenced operations, as per the guidelines stipulated by the
Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India. The decision by the Company comes in the wake
of the relaxations put in place by the government on the countrywide lockdown
and the necessary permissions granted by the local authorities.
begin with, Hero MotoCorp commenced operations in a graded manner at three of
its manufacturing plants– Gurugram and Dharuhera (both in Haryana), Haridwar
(Uttarakhand) and additionally the Global Parts Center (GPC) at Neemrana in
Rajasthan. These manufacturing plants have reopened and production at these
facilities have already commenced.
the essential staff will come to work at all the other facilities and corporate
offices, observing social distancing and all prescribed safety measures. The
remaining employees across all locations in India will continue to Work from
Home (WFH) till further notice.
Company’s other manufacturing plants have also obtained the necessary
permissions to reopen and these will commence operations after most of the
supply chain partners of the Company get the permissions to operate.The
Company’s R&D facility – the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) –
has also received the necessary permission to reopen and will resume
BHARAT FORGE: Bharat
Forge Limited is gearing up to commence partial operations at its Baramati
plant as per the guidelines stipulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the
Government of India after obtaining permission from the local district
authority (MIDC, Baramati).
Forge has commenced operations in a graded manner with the Baramati facility
reopening and the company expects production to commence by end of the week,
post completion of mandatory safety check and training of personnel on Physical
distancing, health & hygiene.
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