Maruti Shuts Down Production, Diverts Oxygen For Medical Use; Hyundai Starts Oxygen Plants In Hospitals
Maruti Suzuki will shutter its manufacturing centres from May 1 and will divert industrial oxygen contained within its plants towards medical facilities.
India’s largest automaker is doing its significant bit to bolster India’s oxygen supply by closing its Gurugram, Manesar and Gujarat factories from 1-9 May.
Industrial Oxygen Repurposed For Medical Supply
Oxygen supply in these plants will be redirected to regions most affected by the oxygen crisis in the wake of the 2nd pandemic wave currently gripping India.
As per an official statement, a lesser quantity of oxygen is available at its facilities and more is available for consumption by vehicle components.
Its biannual plant maintenance will be carried out now in absence of vehicle production instead of in June in an attempt to assist with medical oxygen supply.
Maruti Production Per Plant
Maruti Suzuki produces 22.5 lakh vehicles yearly.
Out of this total, the Gurugram plant contributes with 7 lakh units including the Wagon R, Ertiga and the Vitara Brezza.
The Manesar, Haryana facility produces 8.8 lakh units with popular units including the Alto, Dzire, Swift, Ciaz and Celerio.
Finally, the Gujarat plant produces 7.5 lakh units including the Baleno, Toyota Glanza and the Dzire.
Hyundai Relief Package
Hyundai India’s CSR division Hyundai Motor India Foundation (HMIF) will contribute to its efforts towards India’s Covid crisis in its 3rd phase with a Rs 20 crore relief package.
This relief initiative will consist of implementation of oxygen plants in Indian hospitals.
Its Covid initiatives, clubbed together in its “Hyundai Cares 3.0” package will also help with infrastructure in the direly affected states of Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.
Its Relief Efforts
HMIF will partner with govts in the aforementioned states along with support staff in the state hospitals.
The CSR group will also assist with operational costs spanning the next 3 months and beyond if so needed.
In an effort to break the virus transmission chain, HMIF will also increase the number of mobile and telemedicine medical units in rural regions.
Hyundai Motor India MD and CEO S S Kim has said of his firm’s efforts that in such a time of crisis Hyundai is committed to offering assistance along with resource organisation and deployment on a war footing.