Honda, Mazda, Nissan to resume production in Japan image

Mazda Motor Co. on Thuesday said that the company will resume limited production of vehicles at its Hiroshima and Hofu plants from April 4, utilizing available parts supply.A decision on the resumption of full-scale production of both parts and vehicles will be made at a later date.

Damage was widespread in the Tochigi area, where Honda has a number of operations.

Honda Motor Co said on Thursday it will resume production of parts for overseas use on April 4 and production at all its car factories on April 11. At other operations, including the Automobile R&D Center (Tochigi) of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. and Honda Engineering Co., Ltd., associates who will work on the restoration started returning to work.

However, based on the expectation that it will take several months until the complete recovery of these facilities, Honda will temporarily transfer some functions such as automobile product development, development of manufacturing technologies and procurement to Honda operations in other locations such as Sayama, Suzuka, and Wako.

Nissan said parts availability will determine production schedules. As a result of corporate-wide restoration activities, Nissan is now capable of resuming normal operations at all of the Japanese plants except for the Iwaki Engine Plant. The company is aiming to resume normal operations at these facilities from mid-April.