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MSI raises Swift car output despite strikes at Manesar plant

By Motortrend India Staff   |   25 September,2011

Maruti Suzuki has raised output of its best-selling Swift hatchback despite disruption of production at its strike-affected Manesar plant, the company said. The carmaker rolled out 700 units from its Manesar and Gurgaon plant on Saturday, as against 670 a day earlier, the company said in a statement.

No cars were produced on Sunday, a weekly holiday. At the current production level, Maruti can roll out over 17,500 units of Swift a month, the company said in a statement. The company was able to raise production of the Swift model by recruiting more workers at the Manesar plant and starting production of the car at Gurgaon.

The country’s top carmaker has been facing disruption in production at Manesar since August 29 when it stopped 950 workers from entering the plant unless they sign a “good conduct bond”. The move came after the company said it discovered “serious and deliberate” quality problems in cars made at the plant. So far only 116 workers have signed the bond. The dispute has cost a production loss of 18,000 units or Rs 900 crore.

Despite the intervention of the state government, the two parties have not been able to end the standoff. The Maruti Suzuki Udyog Kamgaar Union is trying to bring about a truce.

Maruti, which has moved 90 engineers from its Gurgaon plant to Manesar over the last few days, has recruited over 800 workers to scale up production. At present, over 1,300 people are working at the two Manesar plants. The company plans to begin production of the AStar hatchback and SX4 sedan at Manesar soon.

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