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Coronavirus impact: Kia resumes production at its Anantapur plant

Team OD  | Updated: May 18, 2020, 07:26 PM IST

Kia Motors India resumes production at its Anantapur plant in Andhra Pradesh and the company has set up a comprehensive regimen of safety measures to ensure the protection of all the employees. The facility has been running at a single shift and operations will begin to function in full strength after the Coronavirus outbreak is contained and the situation is controlled. The company resumed production after taking permission from the local authority and Andhra Pradesh Government.

The company has taken all precautionary steps that ensure social distancing while working at the plant. The standard protocol of working at the plant also includes sanitisation, distribution of masks, regular temperature checks, and medical check-up before entering the plant premises.

Over these measures, the company has made social distancing mandatory in areas like canteen, team meeting areas, walkways, meeting rooms, washrooms and water dispensing areas. Common computers, biometric systems and common areas will be disinfected on a regular basis. All employees must wear masks until they reach home. The employees who live far from the plant are not being called to work as adherence to State Government directives.

The company has donated Rs 2 crore to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister's Relief Fund and 1,00,000 masks to the government to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. The company has also distributed 50,000 masks to its dealer partners to ensure the safety of dealers and customers.

Kookhyun Shim, managing director and CEO, Kia Motors India said, "As we resume production and bring processes back on track, we have introduced a comprehensive safety protocol to ensure a safe environment at our Anantapur plant to ensure all employees at our facility are protected. These are unprecedented conditions and we are committed to adapting to the new norms of the world while we work towards normalcy. Our initial focus is to keep our employees motivated, retain a positive outlook and deliver on our promises to our customers."

He further added that "Kia Motors India priorities are to clear pending orders for the bestselling Seltos and luxurious Carnival, and also to prepare the line for the eagerly anticipated compact SUV, Sonet. Our stakeholders, including suppliers and logistics partners, are all in line with the current production and have assured us support in case we have to increase production volumes over the coming days."

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