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Toyota, Honda further delay quake-hit production

Toyota, Honda further delay quake-hit production
AFP
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First Published: Tue, Mar 22 2011. 03 28 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Mar 22 2011. 03 28 PM IST
Osaka: Automakers Honda and Toyota on Tuesday said they have delayed plans to restart assembly in Japan because of a shortage of necessary parts, with supply chains hit by a huge earthquake and tsunami.
Toyota said it had delayed plans to restart car production until after 26 March.
The automaker lacks parts such as electronics devices and rubber and resin products. The halt to auto assembly will affect 140,000 units, a spokesman said.
Toyota started producing replacement parts for the domestic market on Thursday and parts for overseas production on Monday, but has idled vehicle assembly operations since the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.
The disruption to supply chains had previously led Honda to suspend production until Wednesday but it has now extended the suspension of finished automobiles and motorcycles at three plants to 27 March.
As to whether operations will resume on 28 March, Honda said it will “make decisions based on the status of the recovery of Japanese society as a whole as well as the supply of parts.”
Around 22,000 people are confirmed dead or listed as missing in Japan following the country’s biggest ever quake and the devastating tsunami it unleashed, which ravaged swathes of the northeastern coast.
The disasters have plunged Japan into what Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called its worst crisis since World War II, exacerbated by a nuclear emergency at the stricken Fukushima plant.
Infrastructure along the northeast coast has been shattered while leading companies have shuttered plants amid rolling power outages, hitting output.
Exports of key components and crucial equipment used in the assembly of goods abroad, such as silicon wafers, liquid-crystal displays and electric machinery, have also been hit sending shockwaves across global markets.
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First Published: Tue, Mar 22 2011. 03 28 PM IST
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