Honda has also kickstarted proceedings from a very long 1.5 month hiatus which was enforced by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. India went on a lockdown to prevent spread the disease. And now to push start economic activities across the country, the Government of India has provided relaxations to individuals as well as corporates so that we start walking towards normalcy, co-existing with the relentless virus!
More than 60 percent of Honda’s dealerships are now open for customers with the inventory they already have. The company will resume production from 25 May at its Narsapura, Karnataka plant. The remaining three plants will go operations from early next month.
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Honda is looking at the complete picture and trying to balance both the forward and backward linkages so that there are minimal disruptions. The good news is that almost 100 percent of its 300+ suppliers have received approvals from the authorities to commence operations at their facilities. This will ensure that motorcycles and scooters can be manufactured at the plant with most parts arriving in stipulated timelines.
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Honda also informs that the initial inquiries at its dealerships are subdued when compared to the pre-lockdown period, however, they are picking up momentum every day as more and more areas are opening up and we inch closer to routine life. The company has placed extensive safety precautions across its complete ecosystem which also includes its vendors to ensure there is as less of human contact as possible.