Tata Motors to extend support to vendors during demand slump
Although the company has not yet offered any financial package to its vendors, it is planning to help them reduce their operational costs through various measures. "When the whole market is down and everybody is under
pressure, if there is any specific support or help required at the vendor evel, we will definitely extend that," Tata Motors President and Chief Financial Officer C Ramakrishnan told analyst during a recent conference call.
He, however, hastened to add that "it does not necessarily mean that a financial package is being put together...". Elaborating the company's steps to help its suppliers, he said: "In many cases we work with the vendors to help them to reduce cost or help them improve quality or help them improve their operating efficiencies, and such help and collaborative working with the vendors will always be there."
He, however, did not specify any particular step that the company is undertaking to help the suppliers in dealing with the ongoing slowdown."It may take different shapes on a case-to-case basis, there is no major announcement I have to make, it will depend on a case-to-case basis," Ramakrishnan said.
Tata Motors' medium and heavy commercial vehicle business is currently affected due to demand slump, while the passenger car segment is seeing low volume sales along with relatively low levels of capacity utilisation for most of the manufacturers, he added.
"Naturally in terms of
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