Indian auto industry is going all out to help the country in production of oxygen, even as it is grappling with woes at its own end. India Yamaha Motor
(IYM) is among the companies that have decided to suspend manufacturing
operations at its plants in Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu) and Surajpur (Uttar
Pradesh) from May 15 to 31, 2021.
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INDIAN AUTO COMPANIES SHUT DOWN, DIVERT OXYGEN FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES
India Yamaha has suspended manufacturing operations at its plants to support
the government in its fight against Covid-19 and break the chain of Covid-19
transmission. In the current scenario, the health and safety of its employees
is the top priority for the company. Yamaha will continue to work closely with
its dealers and suppliers to minimize the impact of this interruption and focus
on optimisation of stock. The employees working at the corporate office and
area offices shall work from home to preserve business continuity while providing
the best possible support to customers and business partners.
is fully committed to the health protocols in the wake of the Covid-19 threat.
As a responsible corporate, it has updated standard operating procedures for
the prevailing second wave with a focus on enhanced health surveillance,
expediting vaccinations, regular sanitization at factory premises and
workplaces, support to affected employees and their family members, and HR
policies that ensures well-being of all the employees.
HYUNDAI MOTOR INDIA
FOUNDATION: Hyundai Motor India Foundation (HMIF), the philanthropic
arm of Hyundai Motor India, announced its CSR Project ‘Back-to-life’ ensuring
the uninterrupted delivery of lifesaving medicare oxygen equipment to most
affected COVID -19 states - New Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and
Telangana. The entire project has been accelerated from procurement to
delivery, thereby meeting the critical need of the hour and supporting affected
patients to quickly transition from despair to normalcy.
its Hyundai Cares 3.0 Covid-19 relief initiative, HMIF has expedited purchase
and supply of critical medical equipment to ensure a speedy turnaround in
providing assistance to government hospitals with lifesaving Medicare Oxygen
equipment like Oxygen Concentrators, High Flow Oxygen (HFO) Plants, High Flow
Nasal Oxygen (HFNO) Machines and BiPap Ventilator Machines.
Medicare Oxygen equipment to be delivered to most affected COVID-19 states:
Oxygen Concentrators: 700
High Flow Oxygen (HFO) Plants: 10
High Flow Nasal Oxygen (HFNO) machines: 200
BiPap Ventilator Machines: 225
will support government identified hospitals for installing the oxygen
generation plants. This will aid critical patients immediately and also assist
the hospitals in becoming self-sufficient for oxygen in the long run.
Additionally, Hyundai will also donate medical consumable for staff in various
HMIF has announced a relief package of Rs 20 crore to combat the current second
wave of the pandemic, Hyundai Motor India Foundation previously committed Rs 30
Crore to help affected states and societies cope with the prevailing
part of Hyundai’s road map of giving back to society, a series of initiatives
have been taken to assist the Government in the battle against COVID-19. The
Donation of Rs 7 Crore to PM CARES Relief Fund
Donation of Rs 5 Crore to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Relief Fund
Hand Over of Imported COVID-19 Advanced Diagnostic Test Kits worth Rs 4 Crore
Strategic Partnership with Air Liquide Medical Systems to augment the
production and supply of 1000 ventilators; In-house Development of Ambu Bag
Distribution of PPEs, masks & other safety kits in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu,
Distribution of dry rations in Delhi and Tamil Nadu to adversely impacted
sections of society
distribution of Masks, Sanitizers, Dry Rations, COVID-19 Testing Kits and
augmenting the supply of ventilators, Hyundai was quick to drive a wide variety
of relief initiatives.
TATA MOTORS: Tata
Motors announced that the customers whose warranty and free service period (not
kms.) are due to expire between April 1, 2021 and May 31, 2021, will be
extended till June 30. 2021.
to Dimple Mehta, Head – Customer Care (Domestic & IB), PVBU, Tata Motors, “The
Covid 19 upsurge has led to restrictions on movements and customers across the
country are unable to bring or send their vehicles to our authorized service
centers for scheduled maintenance or repairs. Hence a challenge when warranty
and free service periods as per policy norms get expired during the on-going
lockdown. We are committed to our customers and are offering them utmost
support in these tough times by extending their warranty and free service period
till 30th June 2021. Through this initiative we are enhancing our brand connect
with customers and are offering them a hassle free ownership experience.”
FOUNDATION: Honda India Foundation, the Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) arm of all Honda group companies in India, announced its
fresh support and relief measures with an aim to contribute towards the
Government of India’s ongoing efforts against COVID-19. The foundation is
closely working with State Governments of Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttar
Pradesh and Gujarat and has earmarked a sum of Rs 65 million towards these
relief measures in this phase.
Ogata, Chairman, Honda India Foundation said, “This second wave of COVID-19
pandemic has impacted all of us adversely. At this hour of need, it is
imperative that more individuals and organizations come forward to help in
cohesion and we do our best for the community we operate in and for the
country, at large. We hope that these efforts by the government and the
industry can help families as they tide through this calamity. We are working
with various stakeholders to ensure that on-ground efforts can run seamlessly.
It is time to stand together for each other, with the belief that we will sail
part of this aid, the Foundation will be setting up temporary Covid Care
isolation centers and oxygen production plants. A 100 bed facility is being
created at Honda’s warehouse facility in Manesar in Haryana and another 50-100
bed facility at the Government Girl School in Tapukara, Rajasthan. Similar
isolation centers are being explored in other locations.
foundation is also working with State Governments to set up Oxygen Production
Plants in the districts of Kolar (Karnataka), Gautam Budh Nagar (Uttar
Pradesh), Alwar (Rajasthan) and Manesar (Haryana).
India Foundation has already started an extensive distribution exercise to help
the local administration’s efforts in all the 5 states by providing Protection
kits (PPE, Mask, Sanitisers) and Food packets for front line warriors and medical
equipment such as pulse oximeter, thermometers, oxygen concentrators for
government hospitals in rural areas.
MARUTI SUZUKI: Maruti
Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) realised the critical importance of rapidly installing
oxygen PSA plants, both to produce life-saving oxygen as well as reduce the
immense logistical problems. It was found that these plants are being made by
small scale units with very limited resources or ability to scale-up
production. It located two companies in the NCR area, Airox Nigen Equipments
Pvt Ltd and SAM Gas Projects Pvt Ltd. They were flooded with orders but had a
capacity to manufacture only 5-8 plants a month. Maruti Suzuki decided to use its
own resources to help scale-up their production.
started talking to them from the May 1 and quickly reached an understanding
with them. While technology, quality and performance, as well as all commercial
matters, would remain the responsibility of the two companies, MSIL and its
vendors would use their capabilities to rapidly scale up production. MSIL’s
involvement would be on a no profit basis.
has its factory in Ahmedabad and SKH Metals, a vendor, is working with them.
MSIL has been able to arrange new sources for Zeolite, an imported material and
critical for a PSA plant. This will be air freighted. Compressors are another
important bought-out component. Airox has already reached an output of one PSA
plant a day and this number will be rapidly scaled up to 4 per day within May
itself. Output in May is expected to be 50-60 plants.
Gas Projects Pvt Ltd is being assisted by Maruti Suzuki vendor JBML. MSIL is
helping with all critical inputs. This company is expected to produce 20-30
plants in May.
and its vendors will procure oxygen plants from these two companies and donate
them for medical use. A separate MSIL team is working to ensure that the plants
when produced are installed and commissioned as fast as possible.
top management of MSIL is involved in coordinating and monitoring this activity
and hopes that it will make some difference in the national fight against Covid.
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