HMSI, Yamaha calibrating operating processes to re-start production after lockdown ends

Leading two-wheeler makers Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) and India Yamaha Motor are hopeful of resuming manufacturing operations at their respective plants after the lockdown is lifted amid supply chain and workforce related challenges.

While HMSI has sought permission to open its plants, Yamaha is also keen to start production in compliance with new protocols set by the government.

HMSI Director Sales and Marketing Yadvinder Singh Guleria told PTI that the company has applied for permissions from respective state governments to start production at its plants.

“At the same time, we are in the process of recalibrating our standard operating procedures (SOPs) and preparations are on to meet 100 per cent government guidelines for safety of employees and stakeholders before resuming actual production,” he added.

HMSI has four plants located at Manesar (Haryana), Tapukara (Rajasthan), Narsapura (Karnataka) and Vithalapur (Gujarat), with total installed production capacity at 64 lakh units per annum.

Although the companies are preparing to restart operations, it may take them some time to actually kickstart the process with many of the component suppliers still shut.

Besides, it may take some time before the workers return after having left for their native places.

India Yamaha Motor Senior Vice President (Manufacturing) Sanjiv Paul said the company’s foremost priority is to ensure safety of its employees.

The company is exploring every possibility to restart its manufacturing operations in compliance with the SOPs issued by the government for disinfection of facilities and maintenance of social distancing guidelines at all factory locations.

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