Sources close to the development said MSIL was considering transporting components from the weld shop at Manesar to assemble the Swift partly in Gurgaon. A senior executive said, “The company is considering shifting production of Swift partly to Gurgaon because of the shortage in manpower at the Manesar unit.”
A spokesperson at MSIL confirmed the development, but declined to specify a time frame by when the changes would be implemented. MSIL has received 90,000 bookings for the new car that was launched on August 17. The new Swift was originally planned to be produced at the Manesar unit. MSIL, in fact, stalled production for a month in July to increase the capacity to manufacture 17,000-18,000 units of the new Swift, from the earlier monthly average of 12,000 units.
The executive said, “The two plants at Manesar (A and B) are integrated. The products made at the weld shop at the second plant are being sent for assembly at the first plant. Since the second plant is highly automated, with the same man hours, the output there would be 30-40 per cent higher. It would help us to ramp up production amid a shortage in manpower.” Between Wednesday and Monday, 635 cars were rolled out from the facility. The second plant, set up at an investment of Rs 1,700 crore, is being commissioned a month ahead of the schedule.