Hero MotoCorp Ltd announced to stop vehicle production at its factories between April 22 and May 1. The announcement was made on Wednesday as a result of the surge in cases Covid-19 across the country. The country’s largest company of auto world decides to utilize this period to conduct the annual maintenance activity. They have said this activity usually takes place twice a year, once in May- June period and the second time in December so this time we will begin it sooner.
The country’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer had to take a similar decision last year as well production was suspended from March 22 to and first week of May. The government last year imposed a strict lockdown measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. While, today after a year same situation has arise where states themselves are imposing strict lockdowns or curfews which are highly impacting production of vehicles. According to statement issued by Hero, each plant and its Global Parts Centre will remain closed for four days, in a staggered manner between April 22 and May 1, basis the local scenario. The company continued the statement saying that “The company will utilize 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 localized shutdowns 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 period."L
Lastyear, automobile manufacturers saw swift recovery in demand after the lockdown. The sudden demand somewhere helped them with improve economic activity and increase the shift towards personal transport. Other manufacturers in different segments might also follow Hero’s decision due to new restrictions and increased cases of Covid among employees. Hero MotoCorp keeping in mind the precautionary purpose of all staff and customer has decided to proactively halt operations temporarily at all of its manufacturing facilities across the country, including its Global Parts Center.