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Honda, Suzuki, Toyota Simultaneously Shut Down Factories In India To 'Give Up' Industrial Oxygen To Save Lives

Report: Honda, Toyota, and Panasonic closed factories at the same time in India, ceding industrial oxygen to save lives

Friday, 30 April 2021

/ by Ella Rose
The Nikkei newspaper reported that the Covid-19 outbreak in India forced Suzuki, Honda and Toyota to temporarily suspend production in India when the government urged manufacturers to convert oxygen used in industry to use for consumption. medical destination.

Specifically, Maruti Suzuki will close two factories in Manesar and Gurugram from 7 to 9 to release oxygen used in production.

"In the current situation, we believe all available oxygen should be used to save lives," Maruti Suzuki said in the statement.

Meanwhile, Suzuki Motor Gujarat said it would also temporarily shut down its factories in India.

Honda announced on Thursday that it would suspend production of motorcycles at four factories from Saturday to May 15.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor's two factories at Bidadi in the state of Karnataka will also remain closed for annual maintenance from Monday to May 14.

Meanwhile, Panasonic is also making a similar move with its Indian home appliances factory.

Before that, the social network also praised the actions of an owner of a liquid oxidation factory used in stainless steel production when he decided to stop his business to sell oxygen to people at a cheap price.

In fact, Manoj's factory had to be closed under the state government's isolation order, but in the face of the painful situation of the people, the manager bravely reopened the factory to quench the oxygen of thirst for people. The patient is waiting languishing.

"Our factory produces liquid oxygen for stainless steel so we have enough equipment ... But witnessing the Covid tragedy unfolding before our eyes, me and the factory leaders decided to supply oxygen. for the people for 1 rupees ", Mr. Manoj emphasized.

This action of Mr. Manoj is widely praised as a hero when on the black market, the price of an oxygen tank is up to 30,000 rupees. People and hospitals from Aligarh, Noida, Lucknow, Banaras and more are coming to your factory to refill their oxygen. They only need to present a medical certificate to get a free gift.

"We charge one rupees to pay for production costs, the rest mainly supplies people with oxygen at no charge," said Manoj.

India is falling into a serious shortage of oxygen as the whole country is facing the second wave of Covid-19.

India's number of Covid-19 cases has exceeded 300,000 per day since the beginning of April - the highest in the world and three times more than the peak period in 2020.

To quickly transport oxygen cylinders to hospitals, the Indian government has used trains, air force aircraft, and trucks and has taken measures to eliminate tariffs on the oxygen supply. But the crisis in this country of nearly 1.4 billion people is exacerbated by overcrowding hospitals, the lack of beds, and exhaustion of medicines and oxygen supplies.

"Every hospital is running out of oxygen. We are too," said Dr. Sudhanshu Bankata, CEO of Batra Hospital, the leading hospital in New Delhi.

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