Maruti to go ahead with expansion of Manesar facility with third plant coming next year
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The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited has said that it will be going ahead with the plan of setting-up a new factory at Manesar by mid next year. After the deadly clashes of Wednesday that caused the death of their HR Manager, it was widely speculated that the company may shell the plans of establishing a new plant in Manesar.
Speaking to ET, Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi, Maruti Suzuki Managing Director, said, "It's a big trauma for my people (referring to his managerial staff.) We will not take it anymore." "I will personally ask Haryana Chief Minister BS Hooda for a thorough investigation and would like to know if there are any shadows that are sabotaging our operations in India," he added.
The company has said that the new plant in Gujarat will be an expansion of their operations in the Indian market, and it won’t be an alternative to their existing plants in Manesar and Gurgaon. Mr. Nakanishi also said that this not the first of its kind incident in the company’s global operations which is spread across a number of countries including Hungary, Indonesia, Spain, Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, China and the Philippines
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I had already mentioned in my comments on the article in Car Trade , "Maruti gives the go ahead for its Gujarat plant" that no company worth its salt can stay away from Gujarat. There is lot of meaning to that comment even without taking into account the recent unforgivable violence by workmen in Maruti's Manesar plant. Sir, Gujarat is almost similar to Japan when it comes to dedication to the workplace and the interest of the employer is concerned. Each and every worker will do his utmost to give his highest output and will never destabilize operations and give competitors an upper hand by lost production and unhealthy working atmosphere. Maruti should spare no ammunition in its hunt for unwanted elements among the workers who create such chaotic scenes. .Having worked in a multinational company in Mumbai where we faced the ire of a militant trade union leader of our times I am fully aware of the psychological pressure on the management by a handful of disgruntled and misguided minority of the workforce. It is truly a disturbing experience for Maruti and the company should move forward in the right direction like Tatas after a bitter experience similar to one in Maruti but fortunately much before the full investment in such chaotic places.July 21, 2012 by K A Atmacharan
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