Toyota Motor (Thailand) extends production halt


BANGKOK, Oct 21 – Thailand’s worst flooding in several decades forces Toyota, Japan’s biggest automaker, to extend its production halt for another week until Oct 28.

Toyota Motor (Thailand) senior vice president Vudhigorn Suriyachantananont announced on Friday that production at the company’s three plants in Samrong, Gateway and Ban Pho will be halted for another week, Oct 24-28, after two consecutive weeks of suspension following the disruption in the supply of auto parts as a result of flooding.

The company had earlier shut down its production lines at its three plants twice since Oct 12.

“The flooding has had no direct impact on the three Toyota plants or their employees, Toyota said in its statement released in Tokyo.

“Currently, recovery efforts are being made on a company-wide basis, based on a close observation of the supply chain situation,” Toyota said.

“A decision on production from Oct 31 onwards will be based on a close observation of the situation as it develops,” it said.