THAI FLOODS: Nissan plant closed until 14 November
Nissan's Thai plant builds the March for Japan (shown here at its media launch earlier this year) and the Micra-badged versions for Asia-Pacific markets. It is also a key producer of one-tonne pickup trucks
Nissan said on Friday (4 November) its Thai plant at Samut Prakan remained unaffected by the floods so far and it had taken all possible measures to strengthen the plant's flood defences. Production remained suspended, due to parts shortages, but the automaker hopes to resume production of most models from 14 November.
The company estimated its total production loss in Thailand due to the floods at 40,000 units, assuming production resumes on 14 November.
Flooding effects on the supply chain has not impacted production at its facilities outside Thailand so far, the automaker noted.
Nonetheless, in Japan, Nissan still sees "a remaining risk of 20,000 units of production loss." It is working with suppliers "to minimise this impact".
Currently, there is a delay in the delivery of certain vehicles due to the production hold in Thailand, Nissan added.
The automaker is also increasing its financial help to the devastated areas. On top of JPY11.5m (US$147,363) previously announced, it has now pledged to donate an additional JPY40m cash.