JAPAN DISASTER: Toyota to restart local output by late April

08 April 2011 08:45  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Toyota Motor will restart production at all of its Japan-based assembly facilities on 18-27 April, the auto giant said on Friday.

The facilities will be run at 50% of the automaker’s “normal production rate”, Toyota said in a statement on its website.

The company will decide on its production plans beyond 27 April while assessing the parts-supply situation, which has been affected by the earthquake on 11 March, it added.

Toyota on 11 March restarted production at its factory in Kanagawa prefecture, it said.

Its plants in Aichi and Fukuoka prefecture were then restarted on 28 March, according to the statement.

The Toyota group operates 18 factories in Japan that produce cars under the Toyota and Lexus brands.

The automobile industry is an important barometer for the demand of petrochemicals.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) estimates that each automobile contains an average of $2,700 (€1,890) worth of chemicals.

($1 = €0.70)

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By: Nurluqman Suratman



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