Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has revealed it intends to reduce output at its plant in Burnaston Derbyshire to what amounts to i and a half days a week, in order to manage the current shortage of car parts caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The reduced schedule at the factory will commence on 3rd May until the end of the month. Output will stop completely for two days a week, with workers agreeing to do half-shifts on the other 3 days.
Toyota has also announced plans on Wednesday to cut production in North America by 70% and in China by 50-70%, until 3 June. The company has previously said it will also curb production at factories in Turkey, Poland, France and Australia.
“The combination of this and flexible working arrangements will help ensure that we are able to quickly respond to the demand for our products as soon as parts are available,” Toyota said in a statement.
In a separate move Honda said a 50% cut in output at its plant in Swindon will stay in place until the end of May.
Source: BBC News