VECV resumes manufacturing operations across all seven plants
Published On May 08, 2020
The company received necessary permissions from the state governments to resume operations at seven plants on 7th May. The production started between 25-40% and likely to be a ramp-up in phases with a focus on safety.
In an encouraging sign for the commercial vehicle and the overall automotive industry, vehicle makers are gradually opening plants across various locations in the country. After BharatBenz's announcement of resuming partial production, another major truck maker VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) opened its plants.
VECV declared starting production at all seven plants located in Pithampur, Dewas, and Baggad in Madhya Pradesh and Thane in Maharashtra. The initial productions have resumed lean operations after the required permissions were granted by the state government.
To ensure complete safety, the company had earlier initiated sanitization processes, maintenance of their plant and machinery, annual stock-taking and various steps required to maintain social distancing and other safety norms.
Lean operations have been initiated at 25-40% levels in these plants with strict adherence to the guidelines and advisories laid down by the Central and State Government as well as the local authorities.
The priority continues to be to serve the customers with the dispatch of parts to various service centers, dispatch of already produced BS6 vehicles, and meeting the needs of transporters engaged in the delivery of essential goods.
VE Power Train plant has also resumed manufacturing and exports of engines for Volvo Group requirements. Eicher Engineering Components (EEC) plants at Dewas have resumed lean operations to meet requirements of export customers engaged in agricultural tractors, harvesters, essential mining and construction segments. Additionally, EEC plant at Thane has also received limited permission to resume lean operations where work will commence soon as per strict government guidelines.
Expressing confidence, Vinod Aggarwal, MD & CEO, VECV said, “We’re pleased that we have been granted permission to resume operations at five of our facilities. While we take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our workforce, we hope that the resumption kickstarts the journey of revival. We continue to work with lean teams to address critical dependencies while we wait for the manufacturing operations to resume in full swing. Till the entire supplier and dealers network is mobilized, our key focus will remain on dispatching parts and ready vehicles, and ensuring our plants are ready for them when the lockdown is lifted entirely.”
VECV’s dealerships have been maintaining emergency support for vehicles carrying essential goods with Eicher On Road Service (EOS 24x7). Currently, 139 workshops and 40 site support setups are partially operational as per permissions from respective Government Authorities.
The new processes have been introduced to ensure all safety norms at these workshops including social distancing, sanitization of premises and vehicles before servicing, thermal screening & other checks to ensure the safety of the workforce as well as customers and drivers visiting our workshops.
Keeping customer centricity at the core during these times, VECV had extended warranty, free service, and annual maintenance contracts till 30th June for its entire Eicher Trucks & Buses range.