Hero MotoCorp resumes manufacturing operations at three plants

NEW DELHI - The Largest Two-Wheel Manufacturer in the Country Hero MotoCorp He said Monday that it has resumed operations at three of its manufacturing plants and the actual launch of the product is expected to start as of Wednesday.

The company is commencing operations in a graded manner at three of its manufacturing plants - Gurugram, Dharuhera (both in Haryana) and Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Hero MotoCorp said in a statement.

In addition, the company's Global Parts Center (GPC) in Neemrana in Rajasthan also resumed operations.

The decision comes as a result of the relaxations established by the government on the lockout in the whole country and the necessary permits granted by the local authorities, he added.

The Haryana and Uttarakhand manufacturing plants will reopen starting Monday, and production at these facilities will start from Wednesday, the two-wheeled major said.

“We are now ready to hit the ground sprinting as we commence the re-opening of our facilities. The wellbeing of the citizens continues to be our focus and the running of our economic engines is crucial to ensure their health and prosperity, Hero MotoCorp Chairman Pawan Munjal said.

Since the early start of COVID-19, the company has been proactive in its business continuity plan and this has helped during the much-needed national blockade, he added.

I am optimistic that business and the economy will begin the path of their gradual recovery from here, Munjal said.

The company said it also obtained the necessary permits to reopen its other plants, and that operations will begin once the supply chain partners obtain the necessary permits to restart.

In addition, Haryana and Uttarakhand, the company has plants in Neemrana (Rajasthan), Halol (Gujarat) and Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh).

Hero MotoCorp said its Jaipur-based research and development facility - Center of Innovation and Technology - has also received the necessary permission to reopen and will resume functioning soon.

With the restrictions in various parts of the country easing, most of the company's contact points with customers, including dealers, workshops and the secondary network, are expected to gradually open on Monday thereafter, he added.

A business restart manual has also been shared with all of the company's distribution partners and they are restarting operations according to government guidelines, after obtaining the necessary permits from local authorities, the company said.

Hero MotoCorp halted operations across its manufacturing facilities and made work-from-home mandatory for all its offices from March 22, 2020.