Samsung,OPPO and Vivo have decided to temporarily shut down their Greater Noida factories in India due to the rising concerns of the coronavirus outbreak throughout the world. The decision was taken following the recommendation of the Uttar Pradesh government to help bolster efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.
In a statement, Partha Ghosh, Head, Corporate Communications, Samsung India, said, “At Samsung, health and safety of employees is our highest priority. As a measure to safeguard our employees and their families against Covid-19 and in compliance with directives from the Government, we have decided to currently suspend our manufacturing operations and have asked employees at our sales, marketing and R&D offices across India to work from home. Some key critical services, such as customer service, will work with limited staff.” The Noida facility is Samsung’s largest in India, with an annual production capacity of over 120 million units.
Earlier in March, Samsung halted smartphone production in Gumi, South Korea after a few employees testing positive for coronavirus. The production line was temporarily moved to Vietnam to meet existing delivery deadlines. At the annual shareholder’s meeting last week, Samsung’s co-CEO HS Kim said, “While growth in South Korea has just begun slowing down, COVID-19’s impact on the global economy has only started. We are yet to figure out the extent of the damage to our production and distribution network. We are currently working on statistics to help chart our future course of action”.
As per a report by ET Telecom, OPPO and Vivo have shut their factories until March 25th, and will decide on a future course of action after discussions with UP government officials.
The coronavirus threat has partially put the world on lockdown, with many countries including India either officially or unofficially enforcing a ban on the free movement of people.