OdishaPlus Bureau

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The auto component industry’s turnover witnessed the worst ever decline in the first half of the current fiscal leading to a job loss of around 1 lakh temporary workers till July this year, industry body ACMA said.

The turnover of the industry dropped to Rs 1.79 lakh crore in the April-September period, down 10.1 percent from Rs 1.99 lakh crore in the year-ago period, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) said. The industry body said the slowdown has also resulted in an investment loss of up to $2 billion dollars during the period.

Exports, however, registered a marginal growth of 2.7 percent to Rs 51,397 crore ($7.5 billion) during the period, while the aftermarket segment grew by 4 percent to Rs 35,096 crore ($5.1 billion). The import of components declined by 6.7 percent to Rs 57,574 crore (8.4 billion), ACMA said.

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“The automotive industry is facing a prolonged slowdown. The vehicle sales in all segments have continued to plummet for the last one year,” ACMA president Deepak Jain told reporters here.

Considering that the auto components industry grows on the back of the vehicle industry, a current 15-20 percent cut in vehicle production has adversely impacted the component segment, he added.

The last time when the auto components industry witnessed a decline in turnover was in 2013-14 when it dipped by 2 percent, ACMA said. On job losses, Jain said retrenchment had taken place from October last year until July 2019.

“Primarily, it is the temporary employees who have lost jobs during the period,” Jain said, adding it was due to component makers adjusting production to demand. He said a 10 pc growth would have added $6 billion of revenue, for which the corresponding investment could have been around $2 billion.


Therefore, the investment loss due to the slowdown would be around $1.5-2 billion. Currently, he said the components industry’s capacity utilization has come down to 50 percent from around 80 percent when the growth was at the peak.

ACMA said subdued vehicle demand, recent investments made for the transition to BS-VI from BS-IV, liquidity crunch, lack of clarity on policy for electrification of vehicles, among others had hit expansion plans for the components sector.

Jain said on BS-VI transition alone, the auto industry as a whole has invested around Rs 80,000-90,000 crore, out of which the components sector has put in Rs 30,000-35,000 crore. Seeking Govt intervention for the sustainable long-term growth of the auto component industry, he said one of the key demands of the sector has been for a uniform GST rate of 18 percent on all parts.