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Maruti may consider production cut

autos Updated: Dec 24, 2008 20:30 IST
Sumant Banerji
Sumant Banerji
Hindustan Times
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Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has commenced an eleven-day long maintenance shut-down on both its plants starting Wednesday. The plants would now be operational only from January 5.

Though the company undertakes maintenance shut-downs twice in a year in June-July and December-January, the current shut-down is longer by around 4 days. Generally plants are closed only for a week on such occasions.

“We have commenced our annual maintenance shut-down from today that will continue till January 3,” a company spokesperson said. “With the next day being a Sunday, our plants would be operational in the New Year from the 5th.”

The longer shut-down comes on the back of Managing Director Shinzo Nakanishi hinting at possible production cuts in future if the current slugishness in demand persists.

“There is a slowdown in demand around the world, including China, India and other BRIC nations,” Nakanishi said. “I hope not to (cut production) but if we don’t have options then we will do it.”