CNA – Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan Ltd yesterday announced a 15-day extension to the longest plant shutdown to date, citing the country’s current economic crisis, restrictions on opening letters of credit for imports, and halting foreign payments.
The company announced an initial shutdown on March 8, which was expected to end yesterday.
Honda said economic challenges in Pakistan have impacted its supply chain.
“As a result, the Company is not in a position to continue with its production and ultimately has continued to shut down its plant from April 1 to 15” the company, a unit of Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd, said in a notice to the Pakistan Stock Exchange.
Other listed-automakers, such as Indus Motor Company Limited and Pak Suzuki Motor Company, have also been forced to halt production for the last three quarters due to Pakistan’s economic difficulties, which have seen central bank foreign exchange reserves drop to a level barely able to cover four weeks of imports.