Indian subsidiary of Suzuki Motor plans to reopen riot-hit plant in Haryana state in late August

JIJI

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. hopes to resume operations in late August at a plant forced to halt production by rioting workers last month, local media reported Saturday.

The facility in Manesar in the northern state of Haryana had to suspend all operations July 21 after a violent riot broke out. The Indian subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corp. later said the incident was sparked by an altercation between an employee and a senior supervisor.

“We hope to make an announcement on resuming production at Manesar on Monday,” a Maruti Suzuki official was quoted as saying by the Hindu Business Line newspaper. “We will need a week to 10 days from Monday to start operations,” as parts makers will need some time to make the necessary preparations.

The newspaper said the automaker will begin by restarting the Plant B production line, which is more automated than the Manesar facility’s other operations and thus requires fewer employees, using experienced workers from its Gurgaon plant, also in Haryana state.

Maruti Suzuki is expected to receive a report on the riot from the local police Monday, according to the paper.

“We will review the investigation report Monday and will then be able to announce our estimate as to when we can reopen the plant,” S.Y. Siddiqui, chief operating officer of Maruti Suzuki, told the newspaper.

The carmaker estimates it is losing sales of ¥1 billion a day while the facility remains shuttered.