Toyota to resume Thailand production Nov 21 after suspension due to flood


BANGKOK, Nov 10 – Japanese automaker Toyota Motor says it will resume production in Thailand Nov 21, one month after severe flooding forced it to suspend operations, Japan’s NHK reported Thursday.

Toyota’s three plants in Thailand’s Samut Prakan and Chachoengsao provinces, unaffected directly by the flooding, halted production Oct 10 due to supply chain disruptions after flooding hit industrial estates in Thailand’s central provinces.

Toyota also downsized its output in Japan, North America and other Southeast Asian nations.

The company is confident that parts can be supplied but it has not yet decided whether to resume production at all three plants, which have total production capacity of 650,000 units per year.

Toyata Motor Thailand Co., Ltd. has 13,500 employees with registered capital of Bt7.5 billion.

Toyota has already decided to continue the output cut at its Japan-based plants until Nov 18. It will also downsize production through this week at plants in other countries except Thailand, NHK reports

Two other Japanese automakers, Nissan Motor and Mazda Motor, have also decided to resume production of some models in Thailand.