After waiting period for Renault Kwid, Datsun rediGO falls, Renault-Nissan ends 3rd shift at Chennai plant

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Chennai | Published: December 9, 2016 6:22:22 AM

Auto giant Renault-Nissan Automotive India Private Limited (RNAIPL) has decided to cut its shift operations from three to two, effective second week of December.

Renault started selling Kwid from October 2015 and has sold around 70,000 units with an order book size of over 165,000 units till date.The RNAIPL plant has an annual capacity of up to 480,000 units. Alliance operations in India support 40,000 jobs, directly and indirectly in the supply chain and dealerships.

Auto giant Renault-Nissan Automotive India Private Limited (RNAIPL) has decided to cut its shift operations from three to two, effective second week of December.

In a press statement here on Thursday, the alliance said that employees at RNAIPL plant in Oragadam near here have been informed about it. All permanent, on-roll employees will keep their jobs, the release said. However, the company did not mention about the temporary workers who were hired to meet the surging demand for the alliance products, including Kwid and Datsun rediGo.

The third shift, which was introduced sometime in March this year, was intended to meet the high number of bookings when the Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO models were launched in a gap of few months. Demand for the cars remains strong and waiting period has been brought down. In addition plant operations have been optimised to maximise production in two shifts, the press statement added.

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“At RNAIPL we are proud to play our part in Make in India,” said Colin MacDonald, managing director of RNAIPL. “In making this necessary change we are protecting the jobs of permanent, on-roll employees who will all be reassigned to other duties within the plant. There is a bright future ahead as we develop RNAIPL into an even more significant passenger car manufacturing hub for the Africa, Middle East and India region and beyond.”

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has invested significantly (over R6,000 crore) in India since its inception way back 2008. The RNAIPL plant has an annual capacity of up to 480,000 units. Alliance operations in India support 40,000 jobs, directly and indirectly in the supply chain and dealerships. It was earlier reported that there were 12,000 workers on roll.

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