Hero MotoCorp stops production at all plants in India, Colombia and Bangladesh

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 22 Mar 2020

Hero MotoCorp, the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer, has confirmed that it is halting operations at all its global manufacturing facilities – including in India, Colombia and Bangladesh - and the Global Parts Centre (GPC) at Neemrana with immediate effect until March 31, 2020.

Employees at all the other functions and locations including the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan will continue to work from home, except for those whose physical presence is necessary to run the day-to-day essential services.

Hero MotoCorp says it has been proactively monitoring the situation since the early stages of the breakout of Covid-19, and had rolled out a slew of measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees and also, thereby to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

Dr Pawan Munjal, chairman of Hero MotoCorp, held two 'Digital Town Hall' meetings last week, to convey the organisation’s commitment to stand by the employees despite the severe disruptions caused by the ongoing situation.

The task force set up by Dr Munjal is constantly monitoring the developments through regular video conferencing and tele-meetings to ensure that safety and business-continuity plans are up-to-date and effective.

On March 19, Hero MotoCorp, had commenced commercial production at its new greenfield manufacturing facility, situated at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh on March 19. The Chittoor facility is Hero MotoCorp’s eighth manufacturing plant and sixth in India. The company had laid the foundation stone for the plant on March 23, 2018.

How coronavirus has hit the global auto industry: up-to-date timeline

Coronavirus will leave behind a global recession: Anand Mahindra