Maruti Suzuki officially announced it will restart production at its Manesar plant on August 21st.
The automaker managed to partially restore the facility after the riot in July made the company lose tens of millions of dollars. The plant where Maruti manufactures its best-selling Swift hatchback and produces 550,000 vehicles annually, was idle since July 18th. If until now it was just an unofficial announcement, today, August 16th, Maruti declared it is ready to restart Plant B.
“Plant B has been selected to run first because it is highly automated and will need fewer workers to begin operations. Resuming production of Swift and then Dzire will help the company meet the high demand. This plant can produce more than 400 cars per day and needs nearly 125 workers,” said a Maruti official, who did not wish to be named.
What is considered the most violent riot in the company’s history started from a disciplinary incident and led to the death of a manager and the injury of several executives. Until now, police has arrested 134 employees, including 12 office-bearers of the workers’ union. It’s been more than a year since Maruti has been affected by labor unrest at the Manesar facility and several strikes from last year cost the company a production loss of 83,000 cars, or Rs 2,500 crore.