NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki India, India’s largest carmaker, stopped production as fire broke out at the Manesar plant of Subros, a vendor which makes air-conditioners for the auto manufacturer.
“Subros is a tier-I supplier of Maurti and both our plants are affected by the fire,” a Maruti spokesperson said.
The fire broke out at Subros’ Manesar plant on Sunday. Maruti had inventory to manufacture cars until Monday morning. “We work with just-in-time inventory,” the spokesperson added.
Subros’ chairman Ramesh Suri said the extent of damage is yet to be calculated. Maruti, however, said in a statement that both companies were assessing the extent of damage to essential equipment. Maruti MD Kenichi Ayukawa met Subros’ top management to figure out ways to restart production.
Subros also supplies to other passenger vehicle makers, including Mahindra & Mahindra, Densu, Tata Motors, Renault, Nissan and Force Motors.
Maruti makes over 5,000 cars every day, and the delay in production might lead to longer waiting period for cars, such as the Baleno.