Toyota 'adjusts' North American production schedule


Toyota said late last week it will be adjusting North American production plans due to parts availability following the March 11 Japan earthquake.

“Over the next few weeks, Toyota’s North American vehicle plants will operate on a reduced schedule, with production suspended on April 15, 18, 21, 22, and 25,” the company reported. “Most of the company’s North American engine and component plants will follow the same schedule. Future production plans will be determined at a later date.”

Toyota said on non-production days, the company would continue to provide employment for its approximately 25,000 regular North American team members.  

Team members not required to work may report to work for training and plant improvement activities, use vacation, or take unpaid time off.

On average, around 85 per cent of the parts and materials for the 12 North American-built Toyota and Lexus models are sourced from 500 suppliers on this continent. 

While production of some parts and materials continues in Japan, Toyota said it is “working closely with affected suppliers” in order to minimize the impact.
The automaker did note that its Georgetown, Ky. plant will build vehicles on April 21.