Pak Suzuki Motor Company Ltd (PSMCL), Pakistan’s leading car manufacturer in terms of production and sales, has announced an extension of its plant shutdown due to an ongoing shortage of inventory. The decision was conveyed to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) through an official notice on Friday.

In the notice, the automaker explained that the management had decided to prolong the closure of its motorcycle and automobile plant until July 19, 2023, citing the persistent inventory shortage. Previously, PSMCL had already suspended operations until July 15, 2023, and had also experienced a shutdown from May 2 to May 9 due to a scarcity of raw materials.

It is important to note that the auto industry in Pakistan is facing multiple challenges, leading several automakers to announce temporary or partial closures in recent months, citing various reasons.

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In April, Pak Suzuki reported its highest quarterly loss to date, amounting to Rs12.9 billion in the first quarter of 2023. This decline in profitability was attributed to a decrease in sales and substantial finance costs. In comparison, the company had incurred a loss of Rs460.227 million during the same period the previous year.

Earlier, Pak Suzuki had appealed to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif not to introduce additional duties and taxes in the upcoming 2023-24 budget. The company emphasised the economic uncertainties it was facing and the resulting struggles and losses.