Toyota cancels overtime working at UK plants due to Japan parts shortage

Article by Christian A., on April 7, 2011

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. are reducing production in their United Kingdom-based factories due to component shortages brought about by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

Specifically, Toyota cancelled its planned overtime working for the 2,700 staff at its car-assembly plant in Burnaston, England, and 500 employees at an engine factory in Deeside, Wales, the company’s spokesperson Nick Freeman informed Bloomberg News.

Employees will have an hour off their shifts, four days each week. According to Freeman, the Burnaston plant has experienced a lack of supply for about one week through March 21.

Components that need to be sourced from Japan comprise 7 percent of the total by volume and 23 percent by quantity. The plant produced 137,000 Avenis, Auris and Auris Hybrid models last year.

In a separate announcement, Honda said that it would bring down its planned weekly production at its Swindon, England plant by 50 percent for seven weeks, from April 11 to the end of May, for the same reason – shortage in components procured from Japan.

The Swindon plant, which has an annual capacity for 250,000 units, produced 139,000 Jazz, CRV and Civic models in 2010 for 30 markets in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. There are 3,000 employees in the plant.

Honda had disclosed last March 31 that shipments of the needed parts would resume on April 4 as its factories attempt to recover from the March 11 earthquake, with lines restarting at its Sayama and Suzuka plants in Japan by April 11.

According to the company’s spokesperson, Paul Ormond, Honda can still achieve the planned 135,000 cars this year once the shortage is resolved. The company, which is the No. 3 automaker in Japan, has already reduced production in Turkey, the Philippines, Mexico, India, Canada and the United States.

Topics: toyota, uk

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