The Truth About Cars » Manesar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:58:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Manesar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Suzuki To Open Indian Plant With Two Guards For Every Worker http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/suzuki-to-open-indian-plant-with-two-guards-for-every-worker/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/suzuki-to-open-indian-plant-with-two-guards-for-every-worker/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:23:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457068 The Nikkei’s good contacts to Suzuki (CEO Osamu Suzuki occasionally blogs for The Nikkei) did not fail the Tokyo wire. Yesterday it was reported on a rumor basis, today, it is officially confirmed that Maruti Suzuki will restart production at its Manesar factory on August 21, about a month after a mob killed the firm’s human resources manager and burned down parts of the factory.  The factory makes the Swift hatchback.

According to Reuters, Maruti  Suzuki will start making 150 cars a day from Tuesday with 300 workers, while 500 armed police will be on standby to ensure safety. Maruti Suzuki’s chairman, R.C. Bhargava, says the company created its own force of 100 guards in addition to existing security. This makes for two members of security forces for each worker.  Managers and supervisors will received bodyguards.

300 workers is a far cry from the former 1,700 worker level. Additional workers might be harder to find than police men. Says Reuters:

“After last month’s violence, police initially sought to detain all 2,500 workers who may have been present in the plant at the time. Most of those workers fled. Police now say only a few hundred workers may have been involved in the riot, but Maruti could face an uphill task finding enough workers to operate the plant after the violence.”

 

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Rundown of Indian Press Coverage of Maruti Suzuki Riot & Lockdown: Talk of Conspiracies and Outside Influences http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/rundown-of-indian-press-coverage-of-maruti-suzuki-riot-lockdown-talk-of-conspiracies-and-outside-influences/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/rundown-of-indian-press-coverage-of-maruti-suzuki-riot-lockdown-talk-of-conspiracies-and-outside-influences/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2012 18:57:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453705

The major Indian news operations are pretty much flooding the zone in covering the riot and lockdown at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant. Besides whatever labor unrest there was at play in the Manesar factory riot, internal politics within the state of Haryana or competition with Gujurat state may have had something to do with it, with accusations of conspiracies and outside influences. Here is a rundown of the news.

Financial Express:

Maruti Suzuki Chairman: Plant will not reopen until investigation is complete and corrective steps taken to prevent reoccurrence. Production will not be moved from Manesar.

Manesar lockdown cost: $47 million/month. Production cannot practically be shifted to other plants.

Gujarat Chief Minister Modi, already on trade mission to Japan, will meet with top Suzuki brass. The Manesar riot in Haryana state will no doubt be discussed as will the state of Gujarat’s desire to be the location of new Maruti Suzuki factories.

The Manesar violence will delay Maruti Suzuki’s launch of their new 800 cc small car, more fuel efficient and more expensive than their best selling Alto.

Six sarpanches (village chiefs) near Manesar plant allege conspiracy: “The incident of fire and killing of a senior executive by workers is a part of a larger conspiracy to shift the plant from here. Gurgaon gives the maximum revenue to the state and some people might be envious of this and might be behind the incident.” Gurgaon is the industrial hub of Haryana state.

The Economic Times:

Indian Gov’t Minister: Violence at Maruti Suzuki in Manesar “will send a very wrong message to the entire world,” about doing business in India.

Haryana state Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will meet with Maruti Suzuki Managing Director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi to address company’s concerns.

The Times of India:

Maruti Suzuki’s CEO, Shinzo Nakanishi, takes hard line on labor violence. “There is no compromise on violence. When violence happens, we should not have any consideration for any kind of compromise.”

Maruti Suzuki chairman RC Bhargava unsure when Manesar plant will reopen and resume production. Denies that it will be closed. “How long it will take? 10 days? 15 days? I don’t know.”

Bhargava: “Talks of Maruti unit moving out of Manesar is an absolute fiction … We are not moving the plant out of Manesar. Maruti is flag-bearer of industrialization in Haryana.”

Hindustan Times:

Nakanishi takes personal responsibility for “bad dot” in Maruti Suzuki history. “It is the biggest challenge in my career. I have put a bad dot in the company’s history.”

Maruti Suzuki chairman Bhargava on violence, “Personally, it is an experience that has left me shattered.”

Haryana state government calls Manesar plant lockdown “appropriate”, says union workers were “influenced from outside”.

Bhargava calls for Haryana state to expedite investigation. Maruti Suzuki will also conduct internal inquiry.

Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM):

SIAM president condemns violence as “totally unprovoked and barbaric.”

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Maruti Suzuki Locks Out Workers At Mobbed Factory http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/maruti-suzuki-locks-out-workers-at-mobbed-factory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/maruti-suzuki-locks-out-workers-at-mobbed-factory/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:33:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453692

Maruti Suzuki locked out the entire workforce of its Manesar factory until authorities finished their investigation of the deadly riots earlier this week. Suzuki said reopening the plant would risk lives of its employees until the workers guilty of instigating a mob are identified.

“We can’t further risk the lives of our employees and workers,” R.C. Bhargava, chairman of Maruti Suzuki told The Nikkei [sub]. “What is more important is safety of my colleagues than producing some cars to make some money.We are not in a position to start production until investigations into these shocking events are completed and corrective steps are taken.”

This decision does not come lightly. The factory makes Suzuki Maruti’s best-selling diesel cars–the Swift hatchback and the Swift Dzire sedan. Diesel cars are in high demand in India because of the significantly lower price of diesel fuel in India.

 

 

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