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Several opinion polls show Americans plan to avoid trains and buses as stay-at-home orders ease, with some city dwellers buying a car for the first time. A potential boon to coronavirus-battered automakers, the shift poses a challenge to city planners end environmental goals.
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DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co on Wednesday closed two U.S. assembly plants as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked early havoc with the No. 2 U.S. automaker’s plan to restart North American production and begin making its most profitable vehicles again.
Ford closed its Dearborn, Michigan, plant due to a positive COVID-19 test by one worker, while its Chicago assembly plant was closed due to a parts shortage, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said.
Ford declined to say which supplier had the issue, but a person familiar with the matter told Reuters that Lear Corp had closed a plant in Hammond, Indiana. Lear later confirmed in an email that it had closed the plant due to a positive test.
DETROIT (Reuters) – Factory workers began returning to assembly lines in Michigan on Monday, paving the way to reopen the U.S. auto sector but stoking fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections as strict lockdowns are eased across the country.
With millions of Americans out of work and much of the economy at a virtual standstill, a growing number of states are relaxing tough restrictions on commerce and social life put in place to slow the outbreak.
Some auto suppliers in Michigan, a Midwest industrial powerhouse hard hit by the pandemic and its economic fallout, reopened plants on Monday with skeleton crews to get ready for a resumption of vehicle production next week.
Skilled-trades workers and salaried employees also began returning to auto assembly plants to prepare for the wider restart.
(Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Sunday that all travellers coming to the United Kingdom will be quarantined for a fortnight, The Times reported
“Passengers arriving at airports and ports including Britons returning from abroad, will have to self-isolate for 14 days,” the newspaper said, adding that travellers will have to provide the address sat which they will self-isolate on arrival.
Travellers from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man will be exempt, as will lorry drivers bringing crucial supplies, the report added.
The authorities will carry out spot checks and those found to be breaking the rules are to face fines of up to 1,000 pounds or even deportation, the report added.
According to The Times, travellers will have to fill in a digital form with details of where they plan to self-isolate themselves for the duration of the quarantine.
The measures will help reduce the “transmission of the virus as we move into the next phase of our response,” the report said, citing a government source
The measures are expected to come into force in early June.
Johnson will announce a very limited easing of Britain’s coronavirus lockdown next week, adopting a cautious approach to try to ensure there is no second peak of infections.
Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber
CHICAGO (Reuters) – While Detroit automakers’ unionized auto factories have been idled by the coronavirus pandemic, farm and construction equipment makers Deere (DE.N) and Caterpillar (CAT.N) have won the support of the United Auto Workers and other unions to run their facilities during the pandemic.
As U.S. states begin to lift lockdown orders and companies gear up to restart production, the policies put in place by the two heavy equipment makers offer a template for returning workers to idled factories in other sectors.
Giving employees sick time without penalty, temperature screenings, staggered shifts and hiring a hygiene-auditing firm are some of the measures the two companies have taken to reassure employees to stay on production lines when many union and non-union workers balk at reporting for jobs that could expose them to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan announced on Friday a list of its firms subject to tighter foreign ownership rules, including majors such as Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Sony Corp (6758.T), as the United States and Europe step up scrutiny of industries key to national security.
Japan identified 518 of its roughly 3,800 listed firms as having operations core to national security, making them targets for stringent regulations, a list released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) showed.
The tighter rules covering foreign investment in a dozen sectors crucial to national security, such as oil, railways, utilities, arms, space, nuclear power, aviation, telecoms and cyber security, take effect from Friday.
Foreign investors buying a stake of 1% or more in Japanese firms in the 12 areas now face pre-screening in principle, compared with the previous threshold of 10%.
(Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co said Thursday it is extending a production halt for most U.S. manufacturing plants in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nissan, which began gradually resuming production operations at its Infiniti powertrain plant in Decherd, Tennessee last week, said it would assess current market demand and supplier readiness before setting a restart date for the remaining plants. Many automakers hope to resume U.S. production starting May 18 after halting operations in late March.
Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul
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1. We have never ever faced anything like this ever before. Straight from a Hollywood Movie! How do we all come together to fix and rebuild ?
2. When the Challenge is a global one , EV is a Global phenomenon , the process to kickstart EV Revolution can also be a “Global One” ?
1. How should the Companies manage their Contractual Obligations
2. Statutory & Govt Protections , Rebates SMEs , MSMEs can avail
1. It seems straight from a Hollywood Movie! But its true! Something beyond our wildest Imaginations
2. Our Teams : DURING LOCKDOWN : Our Communication , How to engage , Benefits , Getting the work done
After Lockdown : How to re engage ,
Nikunj Sanghi – Past President and Current Director – F A D A , Chairman – ASDC, MD – J.S. Fourwheel Motors
Hardeep S Brar – Director – Mktg & Sales, Great Wall Motors
Ashish Gupta – Head of Sales – Volkswagen India
Tanuj Pugalia – CMD – Gallops Motors – A Pugalia Group Venture
Vinkesh Gulati – VP – F A D A, Director – United Automobiles
Harsh Vashist – MD- Satyam Group of Cos & Sparsh Autotech
Vikrantt Mohan – President – All India Automobile Workshops Association
Anuj Guglani – CEO, WAF
A Few Pointers :
1. The SC Order on BS4 Extension and the confusion around it ( We can discuss it without getting sued for contempt :). )
2. When was the last time we were in a lockdown like this ? Any Learnings though the world would have been very different then..
3. Consumer Sentiment & Industry Sentiment : How to rebuild ?
4. How to Rebuild with Govt & Industry Partnerships ?
5. How to Kickstart Economy / Industry Revival when things get Normal. How would we define and Qualify ‘The New Normal’ ?
New Delhi: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology here have developed a method to detect COVID-19 which can significantly reduce the test cost making it affordable for large sections. The National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune is in the process of validating this test on clinical samples. The “probe-free detection assay” developed by the researchers at the prestigious institute’s Kusuma School of Biological Sciences has been optimised and tested for sensitivity at the research laboratories of the Institute.
According to the team, considering the scale of the ongoing pandemic, development of indigenous kits is the need of the hour. The central government on Saturday recommended that the maximum charge for each COVID-19 test by private laboratories should not exceed Rs 4,500. All private laboratories which have NABL accreditation for real-time PCR SA for RNA virus will be allowed to conduct COVID-19 tests, according to the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for COVID-19 testing in private laboratories, which were notified by the Health Ministry on Saturday night.
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Indian Automotive Industry has seen one of the biggest slowdowns in last 20 years which has been “On” for last 2 years. As most industry pundits comment, it is a ‘Secular Slowdown’. No Vehicle type or Industry fragment has been spared. It is across Dealers, Makers and Suppliers.
The Much Awaited Volkswagen T-Roc has been launched Online in India. The SUV Enthusiasts and Car Aficionados had been waiting for this product for a while now!
Indian Theatre Actress Radhika Apte had joined Steffen Knapp Director VW Passenger Cars for the Innovative Online launch today at 11.30 AM
T-Roc was showcased by the company at the recent Auto Expo 2020. It had won great reviews by visitors and people on social media last month.
T-Roc is the second SUV launched by the Company this year. It is a CBU and is being imported under the 2500 Units Relaxation Rule of the new Central Motor Vehicles (Eleventh Amendment) Rules, 2018, just like its sibling the Tiguan Allspace.
Right now everyone agrees we have to protect ourselves….
Everyone knows about basic hand hygiene/respiratory etiquettes/social distancing….
Though I m no expert in Yoga/ Ayurveda/Homeo still I like to read about herbs and Nutrition..And India has a treasure of herbs and spices available in our kitchen
(No evidence in favour of protection against COVID 19 but i personally feel these will help)
1. Saline Gargles in the morning/ when u come home and at Bed time….generally protects u against many viruses…is simple to do
2.Neti..with lukewarm salt water….salt kills……will keep ur nose…upper Respiratory Tract and sinuses clean….
3.Kunjal….once a week….will keep ur GI system clean and also strengthens ur Respiratory system…avoid if u have High BP/ Cardiac problem/Stomach Ulcers/Piles/History of stroke or any issue related to ur Brain
4.Drink Water….better if lukewarm…helps u loose weight too😄
5.Honey lemon water first thing in morning
6.Ginger….Have lukewarm Ginger water atleast twice a day
7.Turmeric….increase in ur diet…Raw turmeric in ur salad..in ur Vegetable Juice…Turmeric Tea
Orix is the Global leader in Vehicle Leasing and Infrastructure related services. They complete 25 glorious years at India. Orix operates at India through two companies, both being 100% subsidiaries of Orix Corporation Japan.
Silver Jubilee Celebrations at Orix India
WAF CHRO roundtable organized by World Auto Forum on Friday, 28 th February 2020 brought together top CHROs, HR experts and CXOs. It brought into focus, the core issues related to HR, people management, compliances and lots more.
During the two roundtables planned for the day, insights were shared on the expectations of the millennials, the new dynamics of corporate HR, the need to focus on compliances and
Anuj Guglani, CEO, World Auto Forum, speaking on the aims of the program explained, “the whole of last year was a real challenge for the Auto sector. With shrinking bottom-lines, massive retrenchments became a sad reality. With that came a host of HR related challenges and union problems. People management came into sharp focus.
We at World Auto Forum felt the need for a dialogue on HR best practices, especially during such
turbulent times. We plan to use the insights gathered here to create Automotive HR Action plan 2020.”
Two roundtables were organized during the day.
Roundtable 1 : Managing Our Most Important Asset – “Our People” during challenging times
Harsh Vardhan, Director, EeVe India shares how one visit to Spain made him swing to EVs #autoexpo2020
Jeetender Sharma, Founder & MD, Okinawa Scooters talks about his Patents, BMS, Better Batteries, No Compromise on Safety #autoexpo2020
Why cant all Automotive factories and warehouses be powered by Solar? Meet Anil Bhat SVP Amplus Solar talk about it ! #autoexpo2020
Meet the Cartist Man of India Himanshu Jangid, Founder & MD, Cartist as talks about Sustainability with Art at Automotive #autoexpo2020
Hardeep S Brar Director Mktg & Sales, Great Wall Motors shares the Co’s Great Plans for India #autoexpo2020
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