Piaggio Resumes Operations Post COVID-19 Lockdown Relaxations
The Italian manufacturer has restarted its Baramati manufacturing facilities and opened a few dealerships as well
Piaggio India has announced that it has resumed operations in India post relaxations in lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes in compliance with the latest government directive. The company has already reopened all of its three plants (commercial vehicles, two-wheeler, and engine manufacturing) in Baramati, Maharashtra.
In addition to this, Piaggio, which owns the Aprilia and Vespa brands, has also opened 65 dealerships across the country, presumably in green and orange zones. These dealerships should come in handy to avail service benefits and extended warranty claims which the company had issued at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The brand has also reopened six regional offices in India. It is starting things off with minimal, essential workforce at the moment and it says it will gradually move to full capacity. The company says it has been following all the necessary social distancing norms and safety protocols laid down by the government. In fact, it has also done a complete sanitisation of all of its plants and has been tracking the health of its employees on a daily basis.
Speaking on the development, Diego Graffi, MD & CEO of Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd., said, “At PVPL our number one priority is the health and safety of our stakeholders, from our employees, to our customers to our dealers and suppliers. We are taking all the necessary precautions which are required for the safety and well-being of our employees at the factories. Along with norms of social distancing, sanitizing, we are ensuring all guidelines are followed for the health & safety of our workforce while we get back to business & extend the required service to our customers.”
In a related development, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed Aprilia’s plans for launching the SXR 160 maxi-styled scooter. Head here for more details. Meanwhile, Vespa is gearing up to launch its BS6-compliant lineup soon. Here’s when you can get your hands on one.