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Toyota cuts car production at European factories to conserve parts

Toyota is slowing production at its factories in France, Turkey, Poland and the UK in order to conserve parts.

Toyota said it had decided to suspend production for several days in late April and early May at five of its European factories to manage available parts supply. In May, the plants are expected to run at a reduced volume due to parts supply difficulties, the company said.

Vehicle production plants affected were Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) (TMUK), Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey and Toyota Motor Manufacturing France. Two engine plants, Toyota Motor Industries Poland and TMUK Engine Plant, were also affected, the company said.  

Toyota said its vehicle factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire and its engine plant in Deeside, north Wales will have a non-production day on April 21 and will shut down on April 22 and remain closed for the three days between Easter Monday and the Royal Wedding Public Holiday on April 29, returning to work on May 3.

Honda and Nissan have also announced production cuts at their UK sites due to parts shortages.

Meanwhile, Ford has suspended production at its assembly plant in the Philippines partly due to a shortage of parts from Japan. Ford Group Philippines started the 18-day temporary halt in production on Monday.

Ford said in a statement the suspension included a planned shutdown for next week’s Easter holiday and the early use of scheduled downtime to minimise any disruption. It added that parts would be available when production resumes.

Ford has said its Asia-Pacific operations may have to slow down or stop production later this month because of parts shortages from Japan.

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