Toyota to Honda Lose Some Output as Snow Hits Japan – Bloomberg

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), Honda Motor Co.
and Suzuki Motor Corp. suspended output in some factories in
Japan after the second major snowstorm this month disrupted
shipments of parts from suppliers.

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
website.

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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Craig Trudell in Southfield, Michigan at
ctrudell1@bloomberg.net;
Yuki Hagiwara in Tokyo at
yhagiwara1@bloomberg.net;
Anna Mukai in Tokyo at
amukai1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Young-Sam Cho at
ycho2@bloomberg.net

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