Samsung, Vivo and OPPO Halt Manufacturing in India Amidst Corona Lockdown
The Covid-19 outbreak has spelled doomsday for many businesses across the world already, with entire economies falling to their feet. In India, multiple businesses are closed, since all districts in the country are under lockdown. This has hit the Indian smartphone industry too, which now has seen three of its biggest players halting manufacturing for some time.
According to media reports, OPPO, Vivo and Samsung have stopped production at their respective Greater Noida factories, and are currently waiting to meet the Uttar Pradesh government officials to discuss their future amid the lockdown announced by the state government.
The media report had quotes from important people associated with the matter, which stated that, “The factories are shut till March 25…basis discussions with UP government officials, both OPPO and Vivo will take future steps.” The report also stated that Samsung has temporarily suspended production at its Noida factory, and has asked employees in operations and R&D to work from home.
But apart from these three, other OEMs are still keeping up with manufacturing operations, including Ericsson and Nokia, who are still continuing with production at their Pune and Chennai factories.
These reports of halted operations in India come at a time when the country anyway faces the prospect of a bleak economy. To halt the virus spread, the central and state governments have already announced major steps, including putting almost the entire country under lockdown, and banning all flight operations, both domestic and international.