Japan: heavy snow affects automakers production image

As parts of central and eastern Japan, including the Tokyo area have faced the second big snowfall of the month, carmakers Toyota, Honda and Suzuki opted to suspend production at some of its facilities there as workers commuting were unable to reach them and parts supply became very difficult.

As the region hit by the bad weather since Friday has some of the busiest roads, the heavy snow deeply affected traffic.
Today, Toyota’s Takaoka and Tsutsumi plants halted car output – Corolla and IQ for the first, Prius and Camry for the second – according to Kayo Doi, a company spokeswoman. After that, both Motomachi and Tahara plants were also on hold, with three of the plants, excepting Tsutsumi, slotted to resume production tomorrow.

Honda stopped production at two of its facilities in the region since Friday, and today resumed production at one of them, according to spokeswoman Eriko Hata.

“If the road conditions are better, we can probably resume regular operations on Tuesday,” she said.

Subaru halted output at its Yajima plant in eastern Japan, which currently produces the Legacy and the Forester models among others, while also suspending production at its engine and transmission facility located in the vicinity.

According to spokesman Hideki Taguchi, Japan’s Suzuki Motors also decided to keep the personnel at home due to parts supply disruptions, opting to freeze momentarily production at three of its plants in central Japan.

Both Suzuki and Subaru, according to their official spokespersons, have not yet decided when production would be resumed.

Via Reuters/Bloomberg