Honda plant to 'return to normal' in September after Japan quake

Honda’s Swindon plant will not return to full production until September after it was hit by the effects of the Japan earthquake.

Honda’s plant had to switch to a two-day week following a parts supply shortage following the devastating tsunami and earthquake in March. It intended to return to normal daily production “during September”.

Honda makes the Civic, CR-V and Jazz models at Swindon, Wiltshire, and last year produced around 139,000 vehicles at the plant. The plan is that production will be stepped up later in the year to try to approach the 2010 volume.

Honda said that due to the flexible working hours arrangements which exist at Swindon, pay for the 3,000 staff had been maintained.

"I am proud of all of our associates as they have shown great flexibility and commitment during this difficult time," said Andy Piatek, director of manufacturing at Swindon.

Honda Motor Europe executive vice president Ken Keir said: “We are extremely pleased that our European manufacturing operations can now plan for production to return to normal.”

Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) officially opened its first assembly plant in India today.

The facility at Pune in the Maharashtra region will build Land Rover Freelander 2 vehicles supplied in ready-to-be assembled form from JLR’s Halewood plant in Liverpool.

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