ROME – Suzuki has decided to temporarily suspend production in three plants it controls in India, to instead allow the production of oxygen necessary to treat Covid patients in the country. The stop, starting from Saturday, and until May 9, will not mean a cut in the output, says the Japanese car manufacturer, as the planned closure of the plants in June for maintenance reasons will be postponed.
“The supply of oxygen to save lives should be a priority,” Suzuki said in a statement. In automotive assembly lines, oxygen is usually used in the welding processes of various components, and in recent weeks Suzuki suppliers in India have had difficulty ensuring its availability.
The country is going through a phase of extreme emergency due to the spread of Covid-19 variants. On Wednesday he reported nearly 3,300 deaths from the virus.