Toyota Plants in Japan Resumes Production At Half Capacity For Lack Of Parts

By on Apr 18, 2011 in Asia, Automobile, Business Comments
Toyota Plant In Japan Resumes Production
Toyota Plant in Japan
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After the March 11 disastrous earthquake and tsunami, Toyota Motor Corporation resumes its car productions today, April 18, 2011 in all its plants in Japan. According to reports by several international news sites, Toyota factories will be running only in half capacity due to a shortage in parts.

Toyota, considered as the world’s No.1 automaker, said that the company was still under pressure of securing around 150 types of auto parts since the said disaster caused severe shortages of all components.

Workers in the  Toyota Miyagi plant observed a minute of silence for tsunami victims before they started their work. According to reports, Miyagi is one of the worst-hit areas of disasters in Japan with over 8,400 people did not survived.

Toru Kuzuhara, president of Toyota subsidiary Central Motor Co. Ltd. which operates the Miyagi plant, said he hoped that the resumption of auto production would help spur reconstruction efforts in the tsunami-battered area. “We will make top-quality cars and deliver them to many customers as early as possible. I believe this will lead to broader reconstruction efforts in Miyagi,” Kuzuhara said.

Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan will be running its production at half capacity until April 27, and will stop the operation from April 28- May 9, the period that consists of Golden Week holidays when factories normally stop their operations.

The company will resume production from May 10 to June 3 at half normal levels, and will make a decision in the coming weeks about plans of extending production beyond that period.

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