By on August 7, 2010

Toyota’s capacity utilization at U.S. plants dropped to 60 percent in the second half of 2008 after the economic crisis hit the U.S.  Enough of this.  Utilization is  up to 90 percent already. Next year, Toyota plans to run its N.A. factories at full tilt. More than that: Workers will be doing overtime, work weekend and holiday shifts, says The Nikkei [sub].

Of course, the fact that NUMMI is off-line could also have something to do with it.

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11 Comments on “Toyota Working Overtime...”

  • avatar
    Cammy Corrigan

    Building cars is easy. Any fool can do that. It’s the selling them profitably and sustainably which is the tricky part.

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    “Building cars is easy. Any fool can do that”

    I assume that silly bit of snark was caused by Toyota’s continued success and refusal to unionize?
    It hasn’t been that easy for a variety of manufacturers.

  • avatar
    John Horner

    “It’s the selling them profitably and sustainably which is the tricky part.”

    Yes, and to date no company does that as well as Toyota does.

    • 0 avatar
      Cammy Corrigan

      And you don’t think there’s a fear that because Toyota want everyone to love them again, that they’ll throw more incentives towards their cars, thus, eating in profit margins, just to shift metal?

      Kind of like a certain car maker before they filed bankruptcy?

      Which goes back to my original point. That anyone can build loads of cars, but unless they have customers for them who will buy them with a decent profit margin, we can’t read too much into this piece of news.

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      Profitably? Not so sure…

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    Of course, the fact that NUMMI is off-line could also have something to do with it.

    Closing NUMMI was a no-brainer. Toyota had at least two other, more profitable, more modern plants with the capacity and the tooling to make NUMMI’s products (San Antonio or Tijuana could pick up the Tacoma; Cambridge the Corolla).

    I know people (on both sides) want to make this into a Union thing, but NUMMI was old and it made things that could have been made better elsewhere. It would have been stupid to keep three plants at 60% than two at 90%+.

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    Here in Oshawa the “Flex plant” {Camaro/Convertible and soon to be Regal} are working Scheduled Saturday’s,and I believe the Impala plant is running two shifts.

    Saw a white Camaro convert,top down yesterday….sweet! I see lots of O.T.coming for the flex plant.

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    What do you want to bet, with all that O/T, Bob King et al. will have an uphill battle to organize the TMMC assy plants?

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    This is good news. For a moment I thought the unintended acceleration issue would seriously hurt Toyota, but it hasn’t much.

    What’s good for Toyota is good for America.

  • avatar
    Geo. Levecque

    Both the Woodstock and Ontario Plants of Toyota have been working lots of OT now for several months, everything depends on your USA economy I suspect for all Manufacturers!

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    Tricky Dicky

    Whilst quietly in Europe, they’ve closed down one of two lines on the first plant they built over here (Burnaston, UK). Yes with redundancies (all voluntary according to local newspaper). ACEA shows that montly sales figures for June were 75K in 2008, 65K in ’09 and this year 57K. Market share has fallen around 1.5% in that time.

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