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Ashok Leyland to suspend production at various plants for September

The moves comes in the wake of unprecedented slowdown in the domestic automobile industry, forcing auto companies to take production cuts

By PTI in Chennai
  • Published 9.09.19, 6:47 PM
  • Updated 9.09.19, 6:47 PM
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Various automobile manufacturers, including Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki India and Tata Motors, have taken steps to cut down production owing to weak demand in the market iStock

Automobile company Ashok Leyland on Monday said it will suspend work at its various manufacturing facilities across the country for September in order to adjust production with market demand.

The company, which manufactures a range of heavy and light commercial vehicles, said it will shut production across its plants for certain periods during September.

"Following are the non-working days at our various plant locations during September 2019 due to continued weak demand for our products," the Hinduja Group flagship firm said in a regulatory filing.

The Chennai-based firm announced 16 non-working days for its facility in Ennore, five days at Hosur (Tamil Nadu) unit, 10 days each in Alwar (Rajasthan) and Bhandara (Maharashtra) unit and 18 days in Pantnagar (Uttarakhand) facilities.

The company's move comes in the wake of unprecedented slowdown in the domestic automobile industry, forcing auto companies to take production cuts in order to reduce inventory at dealerships.

According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Monday, overall sales of commercial vehicles were down 38.71 per cent to 51,897 units in August as compared with 84,668 units in August 2018.

Last month, Mahindra & Mahindra had announced to suspend production for 8–14 days in the ongoing quarter, while Tata Motors also confirmed taking steps to align manufacturing with tapering demand.

Even passenger vehicle manufacturers, including market leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), have taken steps to cut down production owing to weak demand in the market.

MSI reduced its production by 33.99 per cent in August, making it the seventh straight month that the country's largest car maker reduced its output.

Overall, automobile sales logged worst-ever fall last month since the industry body started recording wholesale vehicle sales data in 1997–98. Vehicle sales across categories, including passenger vehicles, two-wheelers and commercial vehicles, stood at 18,21,490 units last month as against 23,82,436 units in August 2018, a fall of 23.55 per cent.

Ashok Leyland shares on Monday ended 1.56 per cent down at Rs 62.9 apiece on the BSE.