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U.S. carmaker Ford Motor says it has started an 18-day suspension of production at its assembly plant in the Philippines partly due to a shortage of parts from Japan

The shutdown began on Monday and will last until May 9, Ford Motors Philippines said, although it added the interruption would not have a serious impact on the company’s corporate results.

“Starting this week, we are pulling ahead 18 previously scheduled down days at our manufacturing facility in the Philippines as a precautionary move to ensure we have parts availability going forward,” the company statement said.

“Our inventories are adequate to support consumer demand at this point.”

Ford has had to temporarily halt operations in the US and Europe because of shortages, but this was the first word of possible production cuts in Asia. Ford has 13 plants in its Asia-Pacific region, including eight assembly plants in Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, China and the Philippines.

Automakers around the world are facing parts shortage problem due to the disaster in Japan. Apart from Ford, General Motors Co.(GM) is the only U.S.-based automaker to be affected by the calamity so far.

Toyota said Friday that it will suspend production at all of its vehicle plants in North America on April 15, 18, 21, 22 and 25 to conserve parts.