Toyota to Honda Lose Some Output as Snow Hits Japan – Bloomberg
Toyota halted production today in its Takaoka plant that
builds Corolla and IQ cars, and the Tsutsumi factory that makes
vehicles including the Prius and Camry, said Kayo Doi, a
spokeswoman. The Toyota City, Japan-based automaker also
suspended output at its Motomachi and Tahara plants, according
to the company. All plants except Tsutsumi will resume
production tomorrow, Doi said.
Honda today suspended production at its Yorii factory in
Saitama prefecture near Tokyo because of snow, after halting
output at affected sites on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15, according to
Kumiko Hashimoto, a company spokeswoman. Suzuki stopped output
at three factories in Shizuoka, spokesman Hideki Taguchi said.
Heavy snowstorms have disrupted plane and train services in
Japan this month. At least 20 centimeters (8 inches) of snow
fell in Tokyo on Feb. 14 and 15, with accumulations 10 times
higher in some other parts of the nation, the Japan
Meteorological Agency reported on its website. As much as 24
centimeters of snow covered Tokyo the prior weekend, the most in
45 years, public broadcaster NHK reported.
The weather agency forecasts a 50 percent chance of snow or
rain in Aichi prefecture on Feb. 19 and 20, and a 50 percent
chance of precipitation in Shizuoka on Feb. 20, according to its
Panasonic Corp. (6752), Japan’s biggest maker of consumer
electronics, is experiencing supply-chain bottleneck due to snow
and is examining the impact on production, spokeswoman Chieko
Gyobu said today.
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