Thai Floods Reach Toyota Plants In Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia And Ontario

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

Toyota says it will suspend production at its assembly plants in Indiana, Kentucky and Ontario, Canada, along with an engine factory in West Virginia to cope with a shortage of parts, caused by flooding in Thailand. The parts shortage is beginning to affect global operations.

The plants will remain closed on Saturday while Toyota “will continue to monitor the supply situation in Thailand.” the company’s North American unit said in a statement. Before, Toyota had said it would adjust production at its vehicle production plants in Japan from October 24 through October 28, after which “a decision on production hours from October 29 onward will be made based on an assessment of the situation as it develops.”

It is said that about 100 kinds of parts are affected, including electronic items.

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href=""> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href=""> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • MrBostn MrBostn on Oct 27, 2011

    Computer hard drives are also begin affected. Online stores and retail stores limit the quanity you're able to purchase.

  • Twin Cam Turdo Twin Cam Turdo on Oct 27, 2011

    The linked press release indicates that Toyota is suspending overtime at the listed plants. I guess following the link is necessary to get the whole picture.

  • GS650G GS650G on Oct 27, 2011

    Toyota needs to include flood surveys next time it tries to save a few dollars on labor. This is going to hurt.

    • Jamesb_bkk Jamesb_bkk on Oct 29, 2011

      A slam at Toyota for employing Thais to make parts for cars? What could be wrong with that? If the quality is good and the cost is lower than other places, the price to the consumer ought to be lower. Millions of consumers thus should benefit. Or, is it that Thais should be denied employment by Toyota for some reason? And it is always easy to blame those that find themselves in high water. Unfortunately, the best building sites (on relatively flat ground) and points of access to commerce at lowest cost (navigable watercourses) are near rivers and rivers sometimes flood.