Monday, October 10, 2011
By Pranjal Gera
Maruti Suzuki accelerates its manufacturing to record 30%-40% higher output this month
Nation’s largest passenger car manufacturer; Maruti Suzuki, is racing forward by leaps and bounds to achieve its highest manufacturing numbers during this financial quarter in October, putting its worst quarter behind in which the production was terribly hampered due to workforce strife.
According to Maruti Suzuki India’s (MSI) senior official, the company compared to September has set a target of 30 to 40 percent higher, as last month it manufactured about 73,000 units. The company recorded a slowdown of 24 percent in the first quarter of this year’s financial year (July-September). This slowdown was the extreme in the company’s 29 year history in India, due to continuous labour concerns at company’s Haryana based Manesar manufacturing unit. Due to the unrest, the accumulation of bookings carried on to make heap for the newer car models especially for the hatchback Swift, which alone has around 1 lakh consumers waiting in queue.
MSI said that, to cater the exceptional requirement of Swift, the car on a temporary basis will be rolled out from Gurgaon facility and as soon as the dispute gets resolved at Manesar plant the firm will shift the same to its dedicated production unit. As per the representative, the company is right now focusing to restructure the operations in all three plants (one in Gurgaon and two in Manesar) to achieve the demand in the national and international market.
Apart from the most wanted Swift, other car models like sedan SX4 and DZire which will comprise of diesel variants besides petrol. MSI is also active to serve the festive requirement of hatchbacks Wagon R, A-Star and Alto.