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 Monday that Operations at their plants in Pakistan have been disrupted due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Announcements issued by assemblers after the recent decision to close the provinces.
Indus Motors has suspended operations at its plant in Karachi, near Port Qasim, as employees were unable to travel to the sites after the Sindh government instructed the complete closure and public transport operators to suspend business.
Indus Motor Company also released a memorandum indicating that they fully support the government’s efforts to stop the spread of CONVID 19. Therefore, its production plants have been closed until further notice. They also said the arrest will lead to a delay in delivering new vehicles to customers, for which they apologized.
Indus Motors just unveiled Toyota’s new Yaris model 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 has also discontinued operations at vehicle assembly facilities for all car models, as well as at two motorcycle plants until April 6. The Punjab government also announced the closure of the entire Punjab province for 2 weeks.
Leading passenger vehicle assembler Pak Suzuki, the market leader in Pakistan, stopped production at its Port Qasim, Karachi plant.
FAW, China’s first assembler of passenger vehicles, light and heavy commercial vehicles, also stops production of all vehicles at its facilities in Karachi.
Similarly, Korean assemblers KIA closed their newly established plant in Port Qasim, while Hyuandi Nishat halted production of the recent Hyuandi Porter H-100 light commercial truck. Japanese trucker assembler in Pakistan Hinopak also stops all truck assembly. Chinese assembler Jwforland, Regal Automobile, United Motors, Master Motors, Changan Motors and Dysin Automobile said they stopped their auto plant in Pakistan for employee safety and will restart after the official government shutdown ends.
Similarly, all trye manufacturers, including Service Industries Limited, Panther Tires Limited, General Tire, and other brands, also close their manufacturing plants.
It’s worth mentioning here that all OEM parts suppliers are also closing their parts manufacturing facilities across the country after the OEM shutdown and intimidation announcements.
Production by Japanese automakers in Central and South America has also been affected.
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 stopped production at its factory in Argentina from Friday to March 31.
Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. halted operations at its factory on the island of Luzon, in the northern Philippines, from March 17 and will continue the measure until April 12, in line with the Philippine government measure restricting residents to go outdoors.
Toyota and other Japanese automakers have resumed operations in China, where the coronavirus epidemic began, but have been shutting down operations at their factories in the United States and Europe in line with requests from governments that residents remain in the interior to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.