Hyundai car owners who have sent your cars for repairs and service watch out. You will have to wait for a pretty long time to get your car back. Hyundai's service stations will not be able to deliver your car on time as there is a severe crunch in spares supply.
A drastic reduction of spares supply is a result of a Mobis, the only spares supplier of Hyundai Motors suspended nearly its entire workforce a few weeks ago. Unlike other carmakers who handle spares supply themselves, Hyundai Motors has handed over its spares business to its sister concern Mobis.
Mobis has suspended all its contract workers after they joined a new trade union called the Anna Thozhir Sangam which has been backed by the AIADMK. Mobis had stated that it did not want its workers to join any trade union that had political affiliations and then went on to remove most of its workers.
With only a few workers at its disposal, mostly temporary staff, Mobis is now able to build a small portion of spares compared to the existing demand. Supply of Hyundai spares to dealers have come down drastically.
Dealers are now complaining of reducing stocks of spares and have stated customers have been forced to wait for several days. Some have even sent some customers back with minor issues as they will not be able to provide required spares.
Mobis is said to be in talks with the suspended workers. The trade union responsible for this issue has stated that it does not want to disrupt operations at the plant. Hopefully this issue is resolved soon and production of Hyundai's spare parts will resume.
But until that happens, Hyundai car owners must either be ready to wait for several days for their cars to return from service stations or take the risk of not sending the car to the service station due to the delay.