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Labour availability could prove a challenge in ramping up production: Sona Comstar Chairman Sunjay Kapur

With domestic demand yet to kickstart, Sona Comstar is currently working to fulfil its export orders. Kapur informed, “In United States, farm equipment is an essential service and has remained open. We are catching up on those orders at this point in time. Domestic market has not kicked off yet because the supply chain is pretty complex.”

Focus is on new processes and cut in bad costs: Apollo Tyres MD

The world will have to adjust to the new normal of working from home and living with the novel coronavirus, Apollo Tyres managing director Neeraj Kanwar tells Nehal Chaliawala and Satish John.

Auto component suppliers may derail companies’ plan to restart output

While some automakers have already placed product planning orders with suppliers, availability of parts could become a challenge.

Over 80 plants across globe resume operations: Motherson Sumi

Around 30 per cent of the functional factories are now running at more than 80 per cent capacities, while rest of them are now running at up to 50 per cent of capacities and slowly picking up, it added.

Sodium-ion battery maker Faradion mulling over manufacturing in India

The company, which had won its first order from ICM Australia, is seeking to push its Sodium-ion batteries over Lithium-ion batteries citing "exceptional superiority" and play a significant part in revolutionising automobile/mobility, storage and mobile sectors across the world.

Setco Automotive gets permission to re-start manufacturing operations at two plants

Under the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the extended lockdown period up to May 3, the government, private industries and industrial establishments operating in rural areas, outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, have been allowed to operate from April 20.

Availability of components critical to restart manufacturing operations: Automakers

Major carmakers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Toyota and Honda have not yet resumed production at their factories stating that availability of components is a prerequisite to re-start operations at factories, which continue to remain inaccessible due to the nationwide lockdown.

Auto components industry in preparatory mode to resume operations: ACMA

Under the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the extended lockdown period up to May 3, the government, private industries and industrial establishments operating in rural areas, outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, have been allowed to operate from April 20.

Auto-parts demand from China at pre-coronavirus level: Motherson Group

The recovery in China from the Covid-19 outbreak has been strong and a similar trend should emerge in other parts of the world, helping markets bounce back over the next couple of months, leading automotive component supplier Motherson Group vice chairman Laksh Vaaman Sehgal told ET.

Auto parts manufacturers plan diversification of supply chain in the post-Covid-19 world

Companies such as Tata Motors and Maruti are keen to increase local sourcing, while some others still see value in buying from China, given the cost competitiveness. To be sure, China isn’t firing on all cylinders now. With BS6 emission norms effective this April, the supply sources must diversify.

Auto parts companies face late payments

Auto parts companies face late payments

Car makers Renault and Nissan, top two-wheeler seller Hero MotoCorp, and the homegrown Eicher group have decided to go for ‘force majeure’ due to restrictions resulting from the 21-day corona-induced lockdown.

Coronavirus supply chain shock will have negative impact on Indian auto component sector

Coronavirus supply chain shock will have negative impact on Indian auto component sector

ICRA said province-wide lockdowns and severe containment measures across China in January and February 20 lead to supply chain disruptions globally, given China's role as the fourth-largest exporter of auto components. While China is limping back to a reduced state of normalcy, the global spread of COVID-19, to the USA and Europe, has created new disruptions.

MG Motor India: Supplies resume from China but facing hurdles from Italy

MG Motor India: Supplies resume from China but facing hurdles from Italy

“Our supplies and production were impacted in February because of the outbreak of coronavirus in China. In March, the situation started improving…Now we are more concerned about Italy… (But) We are still optimistic, because of our bookings, we will be able to meet our annual target,” said MG Motor India president Rajeev Chaba.

Kalyani Group contributes Rs 25 cr to PM-CARES to fight coronavirus pandemic

Kalyani Group contributes Rs 25 cr to PM-CARES to fight coronavirus pandemic

The group is also looking at using its R&D facilities to meet requirements of critical medical equipment such as ventilators, respiratory equipment and other sanitation/hygiene goods.

Coronavirus impact: MRF, Maxxis India suspend production till April 14

Coronavirus impact: MRF, Maxxis India suspend production till April 14

Similarly, Maxxis India said it has suspended manufacturing operations at its Sanand facility till April 14, 2020 in view of the lockdown to contain the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Minda Industries, Bharat Forge to stop manufacturing operations

Coronavirus: Minda Industries, Bharat Forge to stop manufacturing operations

Meanwhile, Bharat Forge in a filing to the BSE said, "the company has decided to suspend operations at all their offices and manufacturing locations in India with effect from March 23, 2020 to March 31, 2020, to ensure employee safety and contain the spread of COVID-19.

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