Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Prius production start in the Japan

Toyota Motor Corp., said Thursday, production of three hybrid models would restart it on Monday after a massive earthquake in this month issue in the industry disrupted.

Production is factory for Prius, Lexus HS250h and Demio Tsutsumi in central Japan and Toyota Motor Kyushu in the South, again spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto said.

All 18 factories which operated mount Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Japan, including those of group units, have been closed by the quake. A further seven plants directly from Toyota operated, the engines and other parts are also affected. The breakpoint causes loss of production of at least 140,000 vehicles production.

"We will closely monitor the situation of the parts availability when deciding on the duration of the production," she said.

Problems with power and parts have prevented other Japanese automakers restart assembly lines.

Honda Motor Co said on Thursday it would suspend passenger car production in the Japanese works until at least 3 April, extend the interruption of a week.

Japan's no. 3 automaker said that it would decide on plans on 3 April, depending on the availability of parts. Honda will continue production at the plant in Kumamoto in southern Japan motorcycle and power product on 28 March.

Honda said that it would also temporarily transferred some functions such as car development and procurement of R & D facilities in Tochigi, which was badly hit earthquake on 11 March.

Suzuki Motor Corp., said Thursday, and Friday his three Assembly remain closed factories in Japan be.

Nissan Motor Co Ltd said on Thursday that its manufacturing operations in America a regular production plan would follow at least until 1 April.

He also said, again output of the all electric Nissan leaf at the location of Oppama on Thursday recorded as battery production at Zama battery plants. Nissan said that the ability to get this issue depends on the frequency of rolling blackouts due to electrical constraints.

Nissan said its Decherd, Tennessee engine plant could supply V6 engines to Japan, to replace loss of production from its engine plant in Iwaki, but no decisions have been made.

Other manufacturers with dwindling stocks look slows production of low-selling models. For example, General Motors co has shut temporarily pickup plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Toyota said on Wednesday that it caused would slow down some North American production due to the disruptions by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Toyota told employees and dealers was its single largest market, it too early to determine the scope, duration and a slowdown, but institutions in the United States, and in Canada and Mexico all be checked.

A spokesman for the automaker which would San Antonio, Texas, probably plants where it builds the tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks said Thursday the supply interruptions force idle of the plant.

Most of the parts for Toyota North American built vehicles come from about 500 suppliers in the region. The company said it continues to receive parts from Japan that were already in the pipeline, limit which are direct consequences of the disorder.

Barclays Capital analyst Brian Johnson said in a research note Thursday, that his best case expectation for the North American auto sector sporadic downtimes from, with US automakers less than their Japanese rivals is affected. In particular, Toyota said on many parts of several models used by each company, he.

In Germany, car manufacturers and suppliers see also cutting production bottleneck. Several companies have applied for shortened working hours to a Government-backed program.

Some merchant ships Japan Tokyo port due to the radiation exposure to crew members from the quake crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant can avoid an official industry said on Thursday.

If this is the beginning of a trend in shipping, Japan could add great delays and seaborne traffic jams in the ports face chain bottlenecks and hamper recovery efforts in the wake of March of 11 earthquake to provide. "I have heard of local agents, which do require some ships not in Tokyo due to radiation fears." I'm not sure how many, "said Tetsuya Hasegawa, operational Manager at Heisei shipping agencies in Tokyo."

Lloyd's list reported on Thursday that Claus-Peter open, one calls by Germany's largest shipping companies, that his entire fleet 110 company had suspended fears Tokyo and Yokohama because of the radiation.

Tokyo is Japan's fourth-largest port, dealing with capacity 145 million tonnes last year in particular container, according to Lloyd's list intelligence.

Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.

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