MG Motor has started hiring as many as 500 workers to start the second shift of production from its Halol plant in Gujarat.
The ongoing automobile industry slowdown has led to massive job losses in India in the months though, the SAIC-owned British company, MG Motor continues to employ many more workers for expanding its operation in our country.
MG Motor launched the Hector in India on June 27, marking the British brand's first entry into the country.
Reports said that MG Motor has started hiring as many as 500 workers in India as it’s preparing for the second shift at its Halol manufacturing facility in Gujarat, all the ways to meeting the soaring demand for the newly-arrived MG Hector. Gaurav Gupta, MG Motor India’s chief commercial officer revealed that the induction of new employees is required for the expanding operation of the plant which is now having a capacity to produce 80,000 units in three shifts on annual basis.
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MG is preparing for the second shift at Halol plant in Gujurat by hiring 500 workers to expand the operation of the facility.
In July, the automaker was forced to stop accepting the pre-bookings for the Hector SUV, in the face of the overwhelming demand for the mid-size SUV in six weeks of launch. In fact, the bookings number for the Hector presently sits at 42,000 units, about 8,000 units out of which was registered in just 10 days after the bookings was reopened in late September. As a result, the British automotive company estimates that the bookings figure will cross 50,000 units milestone towards the year-end of 2019. The Hector’s production reached more than 3,000 units last month and the carmaker is contemplating ramping it up to 3,500 models in the upcoming months. Despite the fact that MG confirms the average waiting period for the Hector is 3-4 months, the claimed production numbers suggest others.
The MG Hector is expected to cross the 50K bookings benchmark by the end of 2019.
As far as we know, the Chinese-owned British-based auto company, albeit having claimed to achieve 75 per cent localization of the Hector in our country, is falling into difficulty to produce essential parts imported from its suppliers in Europe. While carmaker remains close-mouthed on this issue, some reports suggested that the global suppliers could not increase the components supplies in line with the initial booking units, thereby resulting in a serious imbalanced supply chain issues.
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MG Motor is planning to invest Rs 2,600 Crore in ramping up the production capacity in the next few years, driving its total investment to Rs 5,000 Crore in India. Besides, the company is also gearing up for the unveiling of its first-ever EV, the MG eZS by the year-end. The MG eZS will enter our country via CKD format and will be assembled at the plant in Halol as well. On the other hand, the BSVI-ready MG Hector is also in the pipeline.