auto companies like JCB India, MG Motor India, Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp
have either shut down or are shutting down their plants for a few days as a
result of the prevailing covid-19 conditions. Some of these companies are also
diverting their industrial oxygen supply for use in hospitals to take care of
the increasing number of covid patients in dire need of this precious gas.
& Mahindra stepped in with ‘Oxygen on Wheels’ to ensure swift supply of oxygen
in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Chakan, Nasik and Nagpur in the
western Indian state of Maharashtra.
a leading digital mapping and location-based deep-tech company is offering to
install GPS tracking systems for free in all vehicles across India transporting
oxygen, vaccine, hospital equipment and medical supplies. The Federation of
Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) Maharashtra has raised Rs 1 million (ten
lakhs) to support transport department for getting 250 oxygen tankers fitted
with GPS devices.
The country’s leading manufacturer of earthmoving and construction equipment, JCB India has announced a 10 day pause
across all its manufacturing facilities in India. The company has cited the
rising number of Covid cases for this temporary suspension. Deepak Shetty, CEO
and Managing Director of JCB India said, “Due to an increase in the infection
rate around us, the health and safety of our colleagues and their families has
become even more important. We have decided to pause manufacturing operations
for 10 days, starting May 1, 2021. This is a precautionary measure and applies
to all our manufacturing locations at Ballabgarh, Pune and Jaipur”
inventory levels have been built to support the demand for our products during
this period. We do not foresee any challenges in the availability of JCB
products for our customers in India or for our export markets. All our customer
and dealer facing functions will operate normally, while adhering to local
guidelines. There will be no disruption in product support for equipment being
used by our customers due to this pause”
further added, “It is important to break the chain of the infection. Most of
our employees in our offices are already working from home and this temporary
pause of manufacturing activities will further help in lowering the active
number of cases in and around our manufacturing facilities”.
: “As part of the car manufacturing
process, Maruti Suzuki uses a small amount of oxygen in its factories while
relatively much larger quantities are used by the manufacturers of components.
In the current situation, we believe that all available oxygen should be used
to save lives. Accordingly, Maruti
Suzuki has decided to advance its maintenance shutdown, originally scheduled
for June, to 1st to 9th May. Production
in all factories will close for maintenance during this period,” said a
statement from the company. The company has been informed that Suzuki Motor
Gujarat has taken the same decision for its factory.
MG MOTOR INDIA: MG
Motor India decided to close its plant for seven days and conserve industrial
oxygen so that it can be diverted to the healthcare segment. Rajeev Chaba,
President & Managing Director, MG Motor India, said, “In these times, our
efforts are directed towards keeping people safe and maximizing service to the
carmaker has also joined hands with Devnandan Gases Pvt. Ltd. in Gujarat
recently. The association has increased the production of oxygen by 15% per
hour at one of the latter's plants in Vadodara within a week of their
partnership. MG further aims to increase it by 50% soon.
its community service umbrella MG SEWA, the carmaker is dedicated to serving
society. It has recently announced that it is providing lunch to families of
patients at GMERS Hospital. At present, MG’s Hector Ambulances continue to
serve doctors and medical staff during their service to the nation. The
carmaker is also importing oxygen concentrators for the affected family members
of its employees. More similar initiatives are expected to be announced under
MG SEWA soon.
forward, the carmaker does not see any deterioration in demand. However,
supply-chain constraints would continue in the month of May 2021. The
production will be impacted by the shortage of semiconductor chips globally and
the limitation in working hours due to curfews and lockdowns in various parts
of the country.
a result of the lockdown, sales during the last 15 days of April 2021 were also
impacted and overall retail sales during the month stood at 2,565 units.
However, MG Motor India’s production and vehicle dispatches to dealers were
significantly higher than retail sales, with the carmaker currently having an
order backlog of over 3 months across its product lines. The carmaker is
currently left with no stock at its Gujarat plant.
HERO MOTOCORP: Hero
MotoCorp was among the first auto
companies to announce that it was proactively halting operations temporarily at
all of its manufacturing facilities across the country, including its Global
Parts Center (GPC), in view of the ongoing escalation in the spread of Covid-19
across the country.
company will utilise these shut-down days to carry out necessary maintenance
work in the manufacturing plants. The shutdown will not impact the company’s
ability to meet the demand, which has been impacted due to localised shut-downs
in many states and production loss will be compensated during the remainder of
the quarter. All plants will resume normal operations post this short shutdown
plant and GPC remained shut for four days, in a staggered manner between April
22 – May1 basis the local scenario. All corporate offices of the company are
already in Work from Home (WFH) mode and very limited colleagues are in offices
on rotation basis for continuity of essential services, the company stated.
MAPMYINDIA: MapmyIndia, India’s leading digital
mapping & location-based deep-tech company, is offering to install GPS
tracking systems for free in all vehicles carrying oxygen for hospitals, across
transporters, hospital administrators & government authorities can see the
live location/movement of these vehicles and can get alert/report instantly if
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MapmyIndia GPS tracking solution, once installed, will make sure that the oxygen/medical
supply trucks are tracked real-time by both the consignor and consignee,
eliminating any diversion or pilferage en-route. The various stakeholders will
be immediately alerted of any route deviation or any incidents that may happen
on the way, triggering corrective action can be initiated without any delay.
The solution will enable critical supply planning well in advance, and with a
high level of accuracy. This will minimise stock-outs of critical supplies like
oxygen, and will go a long way in saving Indian lives, the company said in a
MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA: The Mahindra Group has rolled out a free service initiative, ‘Oxygen on Wheels’ (O2W), which will strengthen the availability of oxygen by connecting oxygen producers with the hospitals and medical centres in dire need of it.
O2W is launched in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Chakan, Nasik and Nagpur with over 100 Mahindra vehicles ferrying oxygen, at the present. Discussions are ongoing with the civic administration and government departments to extend this free service to other cities as well, most importantly to Delhi, which is facing an acute shortage. Given the overwhelming response in the past 48 hours, extending this initiative to deliver oxygen cylinders directly to patients’ homes is also under consideration.
O2W will be helmed by Mahindra Logistics, a Mahindra Group company, which is partnering with the administration and local government bodies on this project. With a large fleet of vehicles at its disposal and an integrated command and control center, Mahindra Logistics is working on creating a seamless and endless chain of supply of lifesaving oxygen and transport it to the hospitals and medical centres in a way that is safe and reliable.
Anish Shah, Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra Group said, “We are committed to deploying our resources and capabilities innovatively to address the challenge on hand. Oxygen on Wheels meets an urgent need by partnering with local authorities to help save precious lives and reduce the pressure on our healthcare services.”
Additionally, the Group is closely working with the Government to setting up oxygen plants and building isolation centres. M&M’s plants as well as its suppliers are not using oxygen for any industrial activity. Tech Mahindra supported Nursing Academy’s staff and students have been helping in various hospitals. Vaccination has also been a key priority for the Group, with emphasis on 100% vaccination for all its associates and their families.
The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) Maharashtra has raised Rs
1 million (ten lakhs) to support transport department for getting 250 oxygen
tankers fitted with GPS devices. FADA State Chairperson Amar Jatin Sheth met with Transport
Commissioner Dr Avinash Dhakane to understand how FADA members could contribute
and on his recommendation, FADA Maharashtra decided to fix the 250 oxygen
tankers with GPS devices enabling the transport department to monitor it 24 x7 on
a single dashboard which has been setup in Transport Commissioner’s office. In
this, MOBA was roped in as it had the necessary technological know-how and
expertise to deliver the same in time bound manner.
President Vinkesh Gulati commenting on the timely action taken by FADA members
in Maharashtra under the leadership of Amar Jatin Sheth said, “ FADA got an
opportunity to strengthen the hands of Maharashtra State Administration during
the 2nd wave of this pandemic. We have tried to do our best as this is a small
contribution towards enabling transport department to monitor oxygen tankers
movement on a single dashboard. This will definitely help save lives of
patients by providing them lifesaving oxygen on time. I thank both, Dr. Dhakane
State TC – MH and FADA MH Chapter Mr Amar Sheth to make this possible.”
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