Toyota's Japanese production will continue at half capacity


Toyota says Japanese production will run at 50 per cent from May 10 to June 3 as it continues to solve issues related March disaster that devastated the northeastern coast.

The company said it would decide on production after this period after assessing the situation of its suppliers and other related companies.

This announcement follow the automaker’s previously announced decision to produce vehicles at all its Japanese vehicle-production facilities from April 18 to April 27 at approximately 50 per cent of normal and for all production facilities to enter their annual spring holiday through May 9.

On this side of the Pacific, Toyota continues to adjust North American production due to parts availability following the March 11 Japan earthquake.
Over the next few weeks, Toyota’s North American vehicle plants are expected to operate on a reduced schedule, with production suspended on April 15, 18, 21, 22, and 25 (with the exception of Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant, which will build vehicles on April 21).
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.

News reports indicate the automaker is working to source roughly 150 types of automotive parts.