Despite unrest, Suzuki to invest more in Haryana

Notwithstanding the rising instances of labour unrest in the Gurgaon-Manesar automotive hub of Haryana – which is currently affecting Maruti Suzuki the worst – Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp, the majority shareholder in Maruti,  plans to invest more in the state, according to Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Hooda told the Hindustan Times on Saturday that Maruti Suzuki is also in talks to set up a cluster of new ancillary units to supply auto components and parts for its Manesar plant, where production continues to be hard hit by labour unrest.

The new ancillary cluster will come up adjacent to Maruti's under-construction research and development facility at Rohtak, spread over 600 acres, with an investment of Rs1,000 crore. Suzuki has also sought land from the state for setting up of another R&D centre for two-wheelers.

The state government sees this as an endorsement of its efforts to settle the current worker unrest, and an indication that Maruti does not blame the state for its current labour problems.

(See: Worker unrest at Maruti's Manesar plant intensifies)