"We are working with the government and various support organizations to help the community, in fighting the pandemic."
BKT said it is relying on flexibility to make it through the latest wave to hit India.
"As a resilient organization, we have extensive experience in planning for and responding to a wide variety of situations," Mr. Poddar wrote. "Our teams are closely monitoring developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are taking the appropriate steps to help maintain the ongoing health and safety of our employees and customers."
He also indicated BKT continues to put "customers first, in teaming and working together for the best outcomes, in deciding and acting in a way that makes an impact, and in learning and adapting so that we can help our employees and customers adjust to this situation."
Sun-TWS factories in India continue to operate at 100% capacity, according to Ken Cooper, senior vice president of the company's North America operations, but the latest wave of COVID-19 certainly is impacting the company and the entire country.
Sun-TWS, which has four off-the-road (OTR) tire plants in India, has instituted a variety of safety precautions allowing manufacturing to continue, he said.
"They test the factory workers every day and throughout the day for temperatures. They've put a lot of (physical) divisions within the plant to separate the workers," Mr. Cooper said on May 14. "We are maintaining as big of a distance as possible within the plants."
Sun-TWS routinely disinfects its facilities to help keep its workers safe, he said.
"The biggest impact that it's made is that all the upper management are still at home. They are talking to each other online, or on the phone or in Zoom meetings. Most of the non-essential office people are at home. Some of the essential office people are at work, but they are very distanced," Mr. Cooper said.