Motor industry revs up for its return to work

The motor industry is waiting to hear the terms under which it will be allowed to resume manufacturing from the end of this week.

On Saturday, after intense industry lobbying, trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel reversed the government’s earlier decision that vehicle and components manufacturers should not be among sectors allowed to resume production from May 1 once the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 is downgraded from level 5 to level 4.

One proviso is that no more than 50% of employees may be on site at once.

Renai Moothilal, director of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam), said there is a “sense of relief” among suppliers that they can return to work, particularly those with export orders to service. Read full article: