Toyota to cut North America production following Japan earthquake

10:38, April 09, 2011      

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Toyota is reducing production in its North American plants due to parts availability following the March 11 Japan earthquake, announced Toyota Canada on Friday.

Over the next few weeks, Toyota's North American plants will operate on a reduced schedule, with production suspended on April 15, 18, 21, 22, and 25. Most of the company's North American engine and component plants will follow the same schedule.

On these non-production days, the company will continue to provide employment for its approximately 25,000 regular North American team members. Those who are not required to work may report to work for training and plant improvement activities, use vacation, or take unpaid time off.

On average, around 85 percent of the parts and materials for the 12 North America-built Toyota and Lexus models are sourced from 500 suppliers on this continent. The situation in Japan affects many automakers and many other industries as well.

Source: Xinhua
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