Floodwaters in Thailand show no signs of receding, and continue to affect car production in Thailand and around the world. Toyota’s three Thai plants in Samrong, Gateway and Ban Pho are dry. They have been shut down for a lack of parts since October 10, and the closure will continue at least through November 12, Toyota says in a statement.
Meanwhile, the parts shortage causes “production adjustments” (read unbuilt cars) in Toyota plants elsewhere. Reduced shifts, in place in Toyota plants in Japan since October 24, will be extended through November 12, “based on an ongoing assessment of the parts supply situation at each individual production line.” Production plants in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan and Malaysia will adjust production for the week starting November 7.
Says Toyota: “A decision on production from November 14 onward will be made based on an assessment of the situation as it develops.”
The Nikkei [sub] says that so far, Toyota has lost 69,000 units not produced in Thailand and 22,000 units not produced in Japan. Other Japanese carmakers which source parts in Thailand see their production similarly affected.