- Manufacturing restarted at Oragadam plant in Chennai
- Will operate a single shift
- Offices, technical centre to remain shut for now
Following the new directives issued by the government on 1 May 2020, Royal Enfield has resumed operations at its manufacturing facilities from 6 May 2020. The company’s plant in Oragadam, near Chennai, is the first to begin operations. Royal Enfield has begun operations with minimal staff over a single shift.
During the initial stage, only those employees and shop floor staff residing in and around plant locations will be aligned to work. This precautionary measure has been taken to avoid long-distance travel and minimise contact during transportation. All employees who work at the plant will comply with norms of social distancing and workplace sanitization. Royal Enfield’s other two manufacturing facilities – Tiruvottiyur and Vallam Vadagal – will commence production in a phased manner.
While the manufacturing has commenced, the company confirmed that all other office locations, including corporate offices in Chennai, Gurgaon and the UK Technical Centre, will continue to remain closed, and employees will work from home.
The company also announced in its press statement that around 120 dealerships have begun partial operations. Royal Enfield expects about 300 dealerships to be operational by mid-May 2020. The safety measures and social distancing norms will be followed at dealerships as well. Moreover, the two-wheeler manufacturer will offer facilities like ‘home test-rides’.