Honda India to halve production at plant from May

Honda India to halve production at plant from May

Mumbai: The Indian car unit of Honda Motor Co said it will halve production at its plant near New Delhi from May 2011 as it faces a shortage of components after Japan’s earthquake and nuclear crisis.

“We are experiencing gaps in our supply chain due to the situation in Japan, resulting in production cuts. We are moving to single shift operations from May, 2011, while carefully monitoring the situation," Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice president of marketing & sales, said in a statement.

Honda Motor, Japan’s No.3 automaker, said on Monday it would take until the end of the year before production returned to normal and that output would be at 50% of its original plans until the end of June 2011.

Honda Siel makes and sells cars such as the Jazz hatchback and Honda City sedan. Its Noida plant near New Delhi has a capacity of 100,000 units.