Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) will prepone its schedule for maintenance shutdown of its plants amidst the COVID situation, and the rising number of cases in the country. The Company will close its plant in the month of May, for four days, in a staggered manner. This arrangement was earlier scheduled for the month of June, but given the present situation, the company decided to prepone the activity.
In a statement to the media, the Company revealed that it has scaled up its efforts to ensure the health and safety of its employees. It is in constant touch with the suppliers and dealers to minimise the impact of the pandemic, amidst the local restrictions being clamped in different corners of the country.
The automotive division of M&M has manufacturing units at Chakan, Nashik, Kandivali, Zaheerabad and Haridwar.
Other companies, such as Hero MotoCorp, MG Motor India, Maruti Suzuki, Suzuki Motorcycle India and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) have already announced a temporary suspension of manufacturing operations due to the second wave of COVID-19 that has swept across the nation.
As per media reports, car manufacturers are sitting on expended orders with a surge in demand and operations disrupted due to limited supply of parts. These shutdowns are only going to add to the woes of the automotive sector.