January 18, 2021

Harley-Davidson scales down India operations



(This story initially appeared in on Aug 06, 2020)

NEW DELHI: American cult bike maker Harley-Davidson is downsizing its operations in India and understood to have laid off staff as enterprise has slowed down within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and outlook stays shaky.

The corporate is slashing manufacturing at its meeting operations at Bawal in Haryana, with one of many key labour union leaders of the area claiming that output is being severely curtailed.

Many of the steps, together with international job cuts, are being initiated as a part of a plan unveiled by new CEO Jochen Zeitz below ‘The Rewire’ overhaul technique.

Sajeev Rajasekharan, the Indian MD of the corporate, can be being shifted to Singapore the place he’ll get cost of India, and likewise a clutch of different Asian rising markets, firm sources informed TOI.

When contacted, the corporate refused to touch upon a sequence of questions, relating to the discount in manufacturing and manpower. “Just about the queries, Harley-Davidson has not launched any official assertion and a commentary on the identical is unlikely,” a public relations agency representing the corporate in India, mentioned.

Executives at Harley-Davidson refused to talk on the matter. Kuldeep Janghu, the highest labour union chief at Maruti Suzuki, who can be a member of the commerce union council of Bawal-Gurugram-Rewari area, claimed that manufacturing at Bawal has been diminished drastically. “Meeting on the plant has been slashed, and I’ve been knowledgeable about this by our council’s Bawal associates,” Janghu mentioned.