12 May 2020
The deadliest Coronavirus is taking many lives and businesses as well. Lockdowns are going in several countries so that their respective government could combat it to at least some level and ultimately be able to flatten the curve. And now, following the outbreak, several major smartphone brands have to shut down their factories in India.
Reportedly, Samsung, LG, Oppo, and Vivo have all shut their factories in the country following the requests from local government. Their factories will remain down shut till March 25. Manufacturing plants of Samsung, Oppo, Vivo located in Greater Noida, a suburban city in UP must remain closed at least till March 25th or until further notice.
Samsung’s Greater Noida factory is its largest manufacturing facility in the world where it produces 120M smartphone units every year. The factory also produces a wide range of Samsung’s home appliances like smart TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, etc.
Samsung India’s spokesperson shared the following statement with ZDNet,
Following the Indian government’s policy, we will temporarily halt operations of our Noida factory until the 25th. We will work hard to make sure there is no setback in supplying our products.
Another source told The Economic Times that besides temporarily shutting operations at the Greater Noida factory, Samsung has instructed the R&D employees working at the factory and the non-factory workers to work from home.
In a similar move, LG has also shut down its manufacturing plant in Greater Noida. According to ET, Vivo has already ordered non-factory workers to work from home. On the other hand, Ericsson and Nokia are still continuing with the production at their Pune and Chennai factories.
A company spokesperson said,
“Ericsson facility in Pune will be working based on social distancing principle that is 50 percent workforce. The work is based on exemption granted by the relevant authorities.”