Toyota to Idle North American Plants for Five Days

ERLANGER, Ky. (April 8, 2011) - Toyota is adjusting North American production due to parts availability following the March 11 Japan earthquake.

Over the next few weeks, Toyota's North American vehicle plants will operate on a reduced schedule, with production suspended on April 15, 18, 21*, 22, and 25. Most of the company's North American engine and component plants will follow the same schedule. Future production plans will be determined at a later date.

On these non-production days, the company will continue to provide employment for its approximately 25,000 regular North American team members.   Team members not required to work may report to work for training and plant improvement activities, use vacation, or take unpaid time off.

On average, around 85 percent of the parts and materials for the 12 North American-built Toyota and Lexus models are sourced from 500 suppliers on this continent. While production of some parts and materials continues in Japan, Toyota is working closely with affected suppliers in order to minimize the impact.

"The situation in Japan affects many automakers and many other industries. Extraordinary efforts are underway to help suppliers recover," said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America. "We are slowing down to conserve parts yet maintain production as much as possible. We appreciate the flexibility of our team members, suppliers and dealers as we work through these issues."

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

 
 

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

A Shared Mobility Model Takes Shape for Fleets

Technology that allows cab drivers flexible access to a shared fleet is leveling the playing field for an 89-year-old taxi company.

Safety Tech: Crash Avoidance or Sensory Overload?

As advanced safety technologies become even more pervasive on mainstream vehicles, are we creating “stupid drivers?"

Own the Fleet, Own the Future

In the dialogue surrounding new transportation paradigms, fleets have been off the public radar until recently. Here’s what’s going on, and a way for you to participate in the conversation.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.

>