For several days in late April until the early part of May, five of Toyota Motor Corp.’s plants in Europe will stop production because of the lack of supplies. The earthquake on March 11 in Japan had disrupted the supply of auto parts. Toyota said that in May, its European factories will run at a reduced volume so that it can manage whatever parts are still available.
The plants that are affected include its Burnaston, England factory, which builds the Avensis and Auris models; its plant in Adapazari, Turkey, which assembles the Verso and Auris; the facility in Valenciennes in France, where the Yaris is built; and engine manufacturing factories in Jelcz-Laskowice, Poland, and Deeside, Wales.
Toyota said that the company is scheduling the shutdown around public holidays or school holidays so that employees would find it easier to take some time off.
The dates that the plants will be shut down are April 21, 22, 25-29 and May 2. Toyota explained that the shutdown is necessary due to predicted difficulties in parts supply.
In a statement, Didier Leroy, Toyota Motor Europe CEO, said that even if most of the parts originate from European suppliers, there are gaps in the supply chain.
Leroy added that Toyota is adapting to the situation by making adjustments on its production in Europe but it is ensuring that deliveries to customers are not disrupted. Toyota has not yet decided how it will manage production beyond May.