Toyota to restart production at half-speed across Japan

Toyota to restart production at half-speed across Japan

Just one of Toyota’s plants, producing the Prius, has been able to continue production in Japan since the recent earthquake/Tsunami disaster. But now that’s scheduled to change on April 18 with Toyota reportedly ready to resume production that day, though assembly lines will only work at half speed.

The plants should be able to run through till April 27, when they will close again until May 9 to honour Japan’s Golden Week holiday. While that’s a fairly short production window, the move is positive for Toyota and Japan’s manufacturing industry. Apparently, the automaker has already lost out on 260,000 units since the March 11 disasters.

Toyota’s plan to restart production is ambitious and comes as the automaker continues to struggle to procure parts needed for production. But Toyota’s parts situation has drastically improved, with reports that problem part counts have gone from 500 to under 150.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda has acknowledged that parts supply issues are still hampering the automaker, but adds “we are doing our utmost to improve the conditions so that we can deliver cars to many customers.”

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