* Prioritizes health and safety of its employees and dealer staff amidst rising Covid-19 cases across the country
Toyota Kirloskar Motor today announced that the company sold a total of 9622 units in the month of April 2021. The company had also announced its scheduled annual maintenance program at its plant in Bidadi, so as to enhance its operational efficiencies, productivity and safety of equipment. For reference, TKM had reported no wholesales in the month of April 2020 owing to the nationwide lockdown announced by the Govt. of India last year.
Expressing his views, Mr. Naveen Soni, Sr. Vice President, TKM said, “At the outset we express our solidarity and continued support for the community at this hour of peril. Given the current situation and considering all those who have been impacted by the second wave of the pandemic, what is most important to TKM is the wellbeing and safety of our employees, dealer & supplier staff and the community at large. Despite the challenges, we continue to witness good demand owing to personal mobility needs and the same has helped us clock 9622 units of wholesales in the month of April 2021. We have been able to partially fulfill pending orders by making use of the pipeline finished goods inventory, so as to ensure minimal discomfort to our customers. However, partial lockdown in different parts of the country has enhanced the gap between wholesale and retail. Also, sporadic lockdowns impacting different states & cities for varying durations has increased logistical challenges to supply the right vehicle to the right dealership and at the right time. We are trying our best to work around such logistical challenges so as to be able to meet customer requirements at the earliest.
As we see it, our prime responsibility at the moment is to secure the health of our employees, their families and other stakeholders. We have set standard processes of disinfecting the workplace and common areas on daily basis ensuring safety at all times. Only limited number of employees as permissible by the rules of social distancing, are engaged in essential jobs & activities at the plant. Moreover, we are continuously educating our employees on appropriate COVID-19 guidelines to be followed while at work and also in their personal lives.
We have also launched a COVID Vaccination Centre (CVC) at our manufacturing plant, for a seamless vaccination program. Thus far, most of our employees who are above 45 years of age are vaccinated and we will soon cover the remaining members as well. Most importantly, we have formed an internal Helpline that will facilitate donation of Blood Plasma for infected employees and their immediate family members. We continue to reexamine and take preventive and remedial measures to deal with the developing situation, closely working with various stakeholders including the relevant local district administrative authorities and state government with a view to support the health department with medical necessities to effectively respond to the rising need for medical care. We are also prepared to divert our oxygen supplies to the Karnataka health department, if the need arises”, he continued.