Indus Motor Company Limited has recently made the difficult decision to close its production plant temporarily. The interruption is set to last for two weeks, as the company faces significant challenges in importing essential raw materials, leading to disruptions in its supply chain.

The root of the problem lies in the difficulties the company and its vendors are encountering in importing raw materials and clearing consignments. These issues are primarily attributed to the struggles with opening letters of credit (LCs) and supply chain problems from certain foreign vendors. Unfortunately, this has left the company with insufficient inventory levels to maintain its production activities.

The company’s secretary addressed these concerns in a statement released to the Pakistan Stock Exchange, outlining the seriousness of the situation. Indus Motor’s production plant experienced a brief shutdown the previous month due to similar issues with raw material imports. However, the current circumstances have exacerbated the problem, forcing the company to take this temporary production halt.


Commencing from July 21, 2023, and extending until August 3, 2023, the plant’s complete shutdown is expected to have implications beyond Indus Motors itself. Other major players in the automotive sector, such as Pak Suzuki Motors and Honda Cars, have also faced similar challenges and implemented several shutdown days in recent months.

The automotive industry, along with other sectors dependent on imported raw materials, has been struggling due to a shortage of foreign exchange reserves in Pakistan. The complications surrounding LCs have severely impacted the supply chain’s seamless functioning, leading to significant disruptions in production activities.

Indus Motors holds a significant position in Pakistan’s automobile industry and has notably invested $100 million in local production of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Furthermore, the company plays a crucial role in the local automotive ecosystem, with over 50 part manufacturers contributing to the value chain by producing parts worth over Rs250 million every working day.

Additionally, the company has established 53 independently owned authorised dealerships that provide aftersales service, generating substantial employment opportunities for over 450,000 people directly and indirectly across the country.

The temporary closure of the production plant presents various challenges for Indus Motors, its employees, and the overall automobile industry. The company’s management is likely to be exploring potential solutions to address the scarcity of raw materials and resume operations as soon as the situation allows.

As analysts point out, finding lasting solutions may require collaboration between the government and relevant stakeholders to ensure a stable supply of raw materials for the automotive industry and other affected sectors. Swift action and strategic measures will be vital to mitigate the economic impact of these closures and preserve the growth trajectory of Pakistan’s automotive sector.