Toyota halts manufacturing amid spike in Covid-19 cases

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Toyota Motor Corp has suspended work at some of its major factories in Japan and China due to rising Covid-19 cases. Toyota’s spokeswoman said the combined shutdowns would reduce the automaker’s production for January by about 47,000 vehicles.

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Jan 21, 2022, 11:56 AM

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Toyota Motor Corp halted auto production expansion due to rising Covid-19 cases that affected its suppliers and operations in Japan, as well as a disruption in production in China due to its mass testing in progress. The automaker has closed its plant in China for more than a week now.

A shift on a second production line was suspended at Toyota’s Tsutsumi plant, along with another shift on a different line at the plant in central Japan. This led to a production cut of around 1,500 vehicles. Toyota’s popular Camry sedan is among the models produced at the Aichi Prefectural plant.

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A company spokeswoman said the combined shutdowns would reduce the automaker’s production for January by about 47,000 vehicles. The company added that the latest suspension due to Covid-hit suppliers and semiconductor shortages will hit up to 21 assembly lines at 11 factories over a three-day period this month. Toyota also halted operations in Tianjin, China, as the local government carried out mass testing due to a virus outbreak in the port city near Beijing. Toyota also said this week that it may miss its goal of making 9 million cars this fiscal year due to the continued shortage of chips plaguing the auto industry.

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On the other hand, automakers such as Honda Motor Co. also said its Suzuka plant in neighboring Mie Prefecture would operate at around 90 percent capacity in early February. He also cited the chip crisis and rising Covid-19 cases as reasons for a production cut. Nissan Motor Co. CEO Makoto Uchida said the company is “on the road to recovery”, although the chip shortage situation remains uncertain. one to watch,” Uchida said.

(With contributions from Bloomberg)

Date of first publication: Jan 21, 2022, 11:56 a.m. IST

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