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Toyota stops production in 80% of its Japanese factories after recent earthquake

Toyota stops production in 80% of its Japanese factories after recent earthquake

Japanese vehicle maker Toyota announced the three-day closure of more than half of its domestic production lines at 11 factories due to the impact on its supplies of the recent earthquake in Fukushima.

Production will be suspended on March 21, 22 and 23 in 18 of its 28 lines distributed in 11 of the 14 factories that the company has in the Japanese archipelago, it detailed in a statement.

The world leader in motor sales explained that it has made this decision due to problems with the supply of components among its suppliers that have been affected by the strong earthquake of magnitude 7.4 that shook the northeast of the country on Wednesday night.

The suspension also affects the production of the firms hino and Daihatsuowned by the group.

Japanese automakers have been cutting production intermittently due to problems in the global supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now compounded by the impact of the earthquake.

Toyota itself has seen its activity greatly impacted by the persistent epidemic outbreaks in Southeast Asia and its impact on the distribution network, especially of semiconductors.

The company has announced to its suppliers its plans to cut domestic production by up to 20% from April from its previous plan, with the aim of lightening the load on struggling suppliers.

Added to this reduction is the one announced for this month of March at the national level, which will affect the production of some 20,000 units, according to calculations collected by the public network NHK.

The manufacturer partially resumed operations this Friday at its factories in the northeastern region of the country after having kept them closed the day before as a result of the tremor, and while it continues to evaluate the damage to its facilities.

Other vehicle manufacturers have also been affected by the recent earthquake in Japan. This is the case of Subaru, which today announced the suspension of production in three factories until the 21st due to similar problems with its parts suppliers.

Source: Gestion

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