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Honda Cars India has partially resumed production operations at its Tarakpur and Greater Noida manufacturing facilities. The company had to temporarily suspend its operations at both facilities due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that resulted in a nation-wide lockdown in India.
However, the India Government has recently announced relaxations on the movement during the pandemic in containment free zones. This has led to businesses and manufacturing facilities slowly resuming operations by adhering to strict safety guidelines issued by the government.
The company said it gradually started production of engine and transmission at Tapukara in Rajasthan facility from June 8. It was recently followed by the commencement of car production at both Tapukara and Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh facilities from June 15.
Speaking to PTI, Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President & Director for Marketing and Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd, said, "We have been progressively resuming manufacturing operations with utmost caution in our plants in Tapukara and Greater Noida. The approach has been to target and achieve safe, stable and efficient operations."
The manufacturing operations have begun with limited manpower to ensure strict adherence to safety and distancing norms. All employees will be making use of (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment such as the mask and gloves while working in the plant. The company aims to provide the highest standards of safety to its employees while working at the facility.
The Tarakpur facility has been tasked with the production of the upcoming version of WR-V and the Amaze compact sedan. The Greater Noida plant will be manufacturing the all-new City, the Honda Civic and the brand's flagship model, the Honda CR-V. Both the plants together have a capacity of producing of around 2.8 lakh units per annum.
The company also confirmed that 100 per cent of its tier 1 suppliers, operating out of 270 manufacturing facilities, have also resumed partial production. They have received the necessary approvals to operate during the ongoing crisis.
In addition to this, a majority of the company's employees from the corporate office, including zonal and regional locations, continue to work from home. The company said it has been following attendance in a staggered manner for associates in areas that require physical presence.
In related news, the Japenese auto manufacturer has revealed the complete details of the upcoming new Honda City in the Indian market. The fifth-generation Honda City will be launched by the end of this month. The company has updated the sedan with new design and a host of new features — here are more details.
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Like most manufacturers, Honda has also resumed its production operations after the announcement of relaxations on the nation-wide lockdown. The company is expected to reach its full production capacity in a phase-wise manner while maintaining the required safety standards.