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Maruti Suzuki India extends plant shutdown till 16 May

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The shutdown will also be extended at the three plants in Gujarat, said Maruti Suzuki.

Amit Panday

New Delhi: India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd plans to extend its plant shutdown till 16 May, the company said in a regulatory filing Saturday.

The shutdown will also be extended at the three plants in Gujarat, it said.

Earlier on 28 April, it had announced that all of its manufacturing plants across Haryana and Gujarat would close down between 1 – 9 May in an attempt to let its large vendor base divert oxygen for medical requirements amid the second wave of rising coronavirus infection.

The company had said that the 9-day shutdown period would be used for its annual maintenance, which was originally planned for June.

“The maintenance shutdown, which was till 9 May, 2021, is being extended till 16 May, 2021 keeping in view the current pandemic situation. Some activities will continue in the plants. The company has been informed that Suzuki Motor Gujarat has taken the same decision,” Maruti Suzuki said in a note.

While the production in May is expected to be hit hard owing to the planned shutdown, the company had produced 159,955 vehicles in April against 172,433 units in March. The company has a strong order book of around two lakh units currently and the monthly inventory in the distribution channels remains low at around 90,000 units against a typical 140,000 units.

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