The last couple of months have been particularly hard on the automotive industry in India. Although the COVID-19 pandemic might not be over just yet, some major brands like Hyundai Motor India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Isuzu Motors India have decided to resume production in the country.
Media reports suggest that the Korean automaker plans to re-start operations in its Irungattukkottai-based factory gradually. Hyundai will be adhering to guidelines laid out by the government authorities during this time. To add to this, Hyundai has also drawn up a detailed plan for the safety and sanitation of all its facilities inside the plant.
Similarly, Isuzu Motors India announced that it has received approval from the authorities of the Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, to recommence production at its plant in SriCity. Company officials state that the Japanese brand has begun preparations to restart activities at the plant and aims to start the supply of vehicles at the earliest.
Furthermore, Toyota had also released a statement recently from Naveen Soni, Senior Vice President, Sales & Services, Toyota Kirloskar Motor. “We thank the Government for the permission granted to the Industries in Rural areas to start operations. As a responsible corporate, TKM places highest priority to the safety and well-being of our employees and other stakeholders and will continue working in concurrence with the State and Central Government’s directives.”
He further added, “Furthermore, we have developed certain crucial changes in guidelines for enhanced safe operations in all areas of work which would mean that the first few days will be spent on training our members on the new guidelines as well as ensuring safe materials and working environment. Hence, operations at our plant will resume in a phased manner, most importantly keeping in mind the needs of ‘social distancing’ and sanitization.”