Royal Enfield resumes production in a phased manner beginning with Oragadam facility
Indian motorcycle major Royal Enfield has resumed operations at its facilities in India, adhering to the guidelines issued by the Government on May 1, 2020, with regards to resumption of manufacturing, industrial and commercial business activities. The company had suspended its operations in the country on March 23, 2020, in line with the directives mentioned by the government to tackle the dreadful COVID-19, to ensure the safety of its employees.
Royal Enfield confirmed that it will begin its operations in a phased manner, beginning with the Oragadam plant near Chennai. The company will run a single shift with minimum number of staff members. Also, these members will be the ones staying closer to the facility. This will ensure that the employees don't have to travel a long distance so there is minimal contact on the way to the plant. Royal Enfield confirms that its facilities will adhere to the guidelines of social distancing as well as sanitisation.
The company will also resume operations at the other manufacturing facilities at Tiruvottiyur and Vallam Vadagal, again in a phased manner. However, the other company corporate offices located in Chennai, Gurgaon as well as the UK Technical Centres will still remain shut as the staff has been instructed to work from home. Some of the company dealerships have begun partial operations, but the majority continue to remain shut. Royal Enfield mentions that all its 300 dealerships will be fully functional by mid-May 2020, wherein social distancing and other safety measures will be followed at all the dealerships. Further, prospective customers will be offered home test rides to ensure all the safety measures are adhered to. The company has also extended warranty and free service validity for a period of two months.
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