Toyota temporarily suspends production in Thailand

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BANGKOK, Oct 12 – Toyota, Japan’s biggest automaker, announced on Wednesday that production at its three plants in Thailand has temporarily halted until Oct 15 due to severe flooding which has disrupted parts supply.

Toyota Motor (Thailand) senior vice president Vudhigorn Suriyachantananont said the current flooding disrupted delivery of necessary auto parts, so the company opted to suspend  production at its three plants temporarily.

The company, however, is evaluating progress on delivery of supplies before making a further announcement, Mr Vudhigorn said.

Honda Motor (Thailand) earlier said it had closed its production lines from Tuesday until the end of this week after two industrial estates in the historic city of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, were inundated. Hundreds of new Honda cars were submerged.

Industry Minister Wannarat Channukul said on Wednesday that 930 industrial plants in 28 provinces have been inundated with more than 200,000 workers affected. Cost of damage is estimated at Bt26 billion.

More than 280 people have lost their lives in Thailand’s worst floods in decades.