India is currently going through the seconds wave of Corona virus pandemic and almost every state in the country has imposed some sort of regulations and lockdown. This has been done in order to keep the spread of corona virus in control. Several vehicles manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Hero MotoCorp had suspended their operations couple of months ago. Covid-19 has definitely affected the automobile sector this year too. Hyundai has now announced that they are suspending operation for the third shift or shift-C at their Sriperumbudur plant due to pandemic. The manufacturer has passed an internal communication to employees that the third shift would remain suspended for three weeks from June 1 to June 19.
While talking to TOI, spokesperson of Hyundai Motor India said, “Adhering to the strict safety guidelines and compliance of the state government, we have resumed our plant operations in two shifts from May 31, 2021. We are closely monitoring the pandemic situation in the state and supporting the communities for an early recovery. We remain committed to undertaking initiatives to support our employees as their safety is our utmost priority.”
The manufacturer had to suspend operations at their plant completely last week after a section of workers at the Sriperumbudur plant walked out. They manufacturer had suspended operations for five days after the workers protested to suspend operations at the plant due to increasing cases of Corona virus and lockdown in the state. Hyundai had suspended operations from May 25 to May 29 and resumed operations on May 30 onwards. As Hyundai will now be operating in two shifts, the waiting period of some of the models that are in demand might get affected. As the overall production will be less during upcoming weeks, the waiting period is expected to go up on some of the models like Hyundai Creta during this time.
Tamil Nadu government announced that the state will be under lockdown till June 7. The state gave permissions to some of the factories including automobile manufacturers to continue the operations. Second wave of Corona virus is proving to be a lot more dangerous than the first one and that is what most of the employees are actually worried about. Most of them are worried about their health and safety. Manufacturers like Ford and Royal Enfield has already suspended the operations due to pandemic. Recently, workers at Renault-Nissan manufacturing plant at Oragadam, Tamil Nadu had moved to court claiming that Covid-19 safety protocols were not being followed at the factory.
Hyundai is currently the second largest car manufacturer in India after Maruti Suzuki. The brand has variety of models in their portfolio spread across various segments. One of the most popular model from Hyundia currently is the all-new Creta. It got launched in the market last year and ever since then, the demand has only been rising. It is available with variety of engine and transmission options. Hyundai is also working on a micro SUV which is known by name AX1 currently. Hyundai recently released teaser images of this upcoming model and it is expected to be launched in the market sometime later this year.