Toyota Kirloskar Motor has opened FY2022 with sales of 9,622 units in the month of April 2021. There were no wholesales in April 2020 due to the nationwide lockdown last year that month.
Naveen Soni, Senior Vice-President, TKM said, “At the outset we express our solidarity and continued support for the community at this hour of peril. Given the current situation and considering all those who have been impacted by the second wave of the pandemic, what is most important to TKM is the wellbeing and safety of our employees, dealer and supplier staff and the community at large.”
“Despite the challenges, we continue to witness good demand owing to personal mobility needs and the same has helped us clock 9,622 units of wholesales in April 2021. We have been able to partially fulfill pending orders by making use of the pipeline finished goods inventory, so as to ensure minimal discomfort to our customers. However, partial lockdown in different parts of the country has enhanced the gap between wholesale and retail. Also, sporadic lockdowns impacting different states and cities for varying durations has increased logistical challenges to supply the right vehicle to the right dealership and at the right time. We are trying our best to work around such logistical challenges so as to be able to meet customer requirements at the earliest.
“Our prime responsibility at the moment is to secure the health of our employees, their families and other stakeholders. We have set standard processes of disinfecting the workplace and common areas on daily basis ensuring safety at all times. Only limited number of employees as permissible by the rules of social distancing, are engaged in essential jobs & activities at the plant.“
“We have also launched a Cocid Vaccination Centre at our manufacturing plant, for a seamless vaccination program. Thus far, most of our employees who are above 45 years of age are vaccinated and we will soon cover the remaining members as well. Most importantly, we have formed an internal Helpline that will facilitate donation of Blood Plasma for infected employees and their immediate family members. We continue to reexamine and take preventive and remedial measures to deal with the developing situation, closely working with various stakeholders including the relevant local district administrative authorities and state government with a view to support the health department with medical necessities to effectively respond to the rising need for medical care. We are also prepared to divert our oxygen supplies to the Karnataka health department, if the need arises,” he concluded.
TKM is currently implementing its annual maintenance program across both its manufacturing plants from April 26 to May 14 – a 19-day period. During this period, operations at both the Toyota factories in Bidadi, which have a combined production capacity of 310,000 units per annum, will witness a temporary halt, impacting supply of vehicles produced.