Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Hino, KIA, Hyundai and FAW halt plants in Pakistan due to virus
Indus Motor, Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited, Pak Suzuki Motor Company, Hinopak, FAW Motors, Jwforland, KIA Motors, Hyundai Nishat Motors, Master Motors, JwForland, Dysin Automobile, Regal Automobile, United Bravo and Changhan Motors said on Monday that they have halted operations at their plants in Pakistan due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Announcements issued from the assemblers after recent decision to lockdown by the provinces.
Indus Motors has suspended operations at its plant in Karachi near Port Qasim as employees could not commute to the sites after the Sindh government instructed for complete lockdown and public transportation operators to suspend business.
Indus Motor Company also released a memo stating that they fully support the government’s efforts to stop the spread of CONVID 19. Hence, their production plants have been closed until further notice. They also said that the halt will lead to a delay in the delivery of new vehicles to the customers, for which they apologized.
Indus Motors just introduced Toyota’s new model of Yaris last week and the variants are ready for display and test drive at all dealerships across the country, which have also been delayed.
Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited also has stopped operations at vehicle assembly facilities for all models of cars as well as two motorcycle plants until 6th April. Punjab government also announced for lockdown of the whole Punjab province for 2 weeks.
Leading passenger vehicle assembler Pak Suzuki, the market leader in Pakistan stopped output at their Port Qasim, Karachi plant.
FAW, first Chinese vehicle assembler of passenger car, light and heavy commercial vehicle also halt production of all vehicles at their facilities in Karachi.
Similarly Korean assemblers KIA shutdown their newly stablish plant at Port Qasim while Hyuandi Nishat stopped production of recently launch Hyuandi light commercial pickup Porter H-100. Japanese truck assembler in Pakistan Hinopak also halt it’s all truck assembling. Chinese assembler Jwforland, Regal Automobile, United Motors, Master Motors, Changan Motors and Dysin Automobile said it has halted its auto plant in the Pakistan for the safety of employees and will restart after official lockdown from government is over.
Likewise, all trye manufactures including Service Industries Limited, Panther Tyres Limited, General Tyre and other brands also shutdown their manufacture plants.
It is worth to mention here that all parts suppliers of the OEM’s also shutdown their parts manufacturing facilities across the country after announcements of lockdown and OEM shutdown intimation.
Japanese carmakers’ production in Central and South America has also been effected.
Nissan said it will suspend its vehicle manufacturing in Mexico from Wednesday to April 14, while Toyota will halt its plant in Brazil from Tuesday to April 3 and has stopped production at its factory in Argentina from Friday to March 31.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp., meanwhile, stopped operations at its factory on the northern Philippine island of Luzon from March 17 and will continue the measure until April 12th in line with the Philippine government’s measure restricting residents from going outdoors.
Toyota and other Japanese automakers have resumed operations in China, where the coronavirus epidemic started, but have been shutting operations at its factories in the United States and Europe in line with governments’ requests for residents to stay indoors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Muhammed Hanif Memon
Founder and Editor in Chief of Monthly Automark Magazine since 2006. Magazine published from Karachi Pakistan covers Automotive industry of Pakistan, car, motorcycle and tractor news. Magazine distributed in Karachi, Lahore, Hyderabad, Multan, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Faisalabad.