Issued on 13 Nov 20
MUMBAI: Automakers are likely to be hit by issues at component suppliers, threatening their schedules as they take initial steps to restart production.
While some automakers have already placed product planning orders with suppliers, availability of parts could become a challenge. The component segment comprises hundreds of companies, including many small and medium enterprises. Many of them are constrained by lack of manpower, because of continuing travel restrictions and missing migrant workers who have left for their hometowns in the wake of the lockdown.
Auto companies that were planning to start with 20-30% production this month following easing of the lockdown, and their suppliers, are still waiting for clarity from several states on how they want to go ahead, as several of the top cities remain Covid-19 hotspots and aren’t expected to see easing of restrictions at least for several weeks.