Maruti Suzuki India will be going for a one-day production shutdown at its two plants at Gurgaon and Manesar on Friday, ahead of a six-day scheduled maintenance closure later this month.

The one-day shutdown of the two plants is to adjust production to market demand, a company spokesperson said, adding that the plants would also remain closed on June 8 for a scheduled holiday, the spokesperson added. “The scheduled maintenance shutdown (of the two plants) is from June 17 to June 22,” the spokesperson said.

The development comes in the wake of continued slump in the automobile market. The company had reported 14.4 per cent decline in its total sales in May at 84,677 units. Its domestic sales declined by 13 per cent to 77,821 units from 89,478 units in May, 2012. The company has been producing about 5,000 units a day at its Gurgaon and Manesar plants.

It has at present a total installed annual capacity of about 15 lakh units, which will go up to 17.5 lakh units by September when its third unit at Manesar goes on stream.

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