Renault-Nissan To Scale Down Production To 2 Shifts At Chennai Facility

Renault-Nissan have decided to scale down production at the Oragadam plant near Chennai, as it aims to optimise production. The manufacturing facility will now be operating in two shifts instead of three, while the alliance commented that the waiting period for its cars Kwid and redi-GO as production is more efficiently managed.



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Published on December 8, 2016

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  • The plant has been scaled down to two shifts instead of three per day
  • The employees will be reassigned to new roles at the plant
  • Renault-Nissan invested Rs. 5000 in the Chennai plant in 2008
As part of its plans to optimise production, Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd (RNAIPL), a Franco-Japanese auto alliance, would suspend the third shift operations at its Chennai factory, the company said today.

The employees at the factory have been informed that the plant would operate in two shifts instead of three from second week of December, a company statement here said.

Stating that the employees, both permanent and those who are on-roll will keep the jobs, the company said, the third shift was introduced to meet the high demand for Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO models.

Renault Kwid AMT

Renault Kwid AMT

"Demand for the cars remain strong but waiting times have been successfully brought down. In addition, plant operations have been optimised to maximise the production in two shifts, it said.

"At RNAIPL, we are proud to play our part in Make in India. In making this necessary change we are protecting the jobs of permanent, on-roll employees who will be reassigned to other duties within the plant," RNAIPL, Managing Director, Colin MacDonald said.

Datsun redi-GO

Datsun redi-GO

"There is a bright future ahead as we develop RNAIPL into even more significant passenger car manufacturing hub for Africa, Middle East and India region," he said.

Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd have invested around Rs. 5000 crore at the facility in 2008. The factory has an annual capacity of 4.80 lakh units. The alliance operations support 40,000 jobs directly and indirectly, it said.

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