The third largest Japanese automaker, Honda Motor, has enacted a strategy that requires a slowdown in production at some of its factories in the North American region due to a parts shortage triggered by the partial shutdown of the US West coast ports.
According to a company spokesperson, the carmaker believes shortages would impede normal operations at its operations in Ohio, Indiana and Ontario, Canada, starting today and each facility will have planned production output adjustments for the period between February 16 and February 23. “We do not have a sufficient supply of several critical parts to keep the production lines running smoothly and efficiently,” told Reuters the Honda spokesperson. The automaker believes the slowdown would affect the production of models including the Civic, CR-V, Accord and from the Acura brand.
A long running labor showdown between dockworkers and the group representing shippers and terminal operators has led to a near gridlock at the ports operating on the US West Coast. President Barack Obama on Saturday even had to send U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California in an attempt to negotiate an armistice between the companies and the dockworkers. Honda and other automakers have been already carrying key components from Asia to the US via costlier aircraft transportation services. Toyota, the largest Japanese automaker and the biggest in the world, which relies on America for a large portion of global sales, last year produced around 2 million autos in North America – said the port disputes have led to reduced overtime at some regional plants.