Toyota and Honda are beginning to normalise operations at their plants in Indonesia after production was disrupted by the shortages of parts imported from Japan in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.

Toyota Astra Motor's president director, Johnny Darmawan, told local reporters this week that Toyota production will "begin to recover" in June at its facility in Karawang, some 70km east of Jakarta, with the production rate to be steadily ramped up during the next two months.

The company's marketing director, Joko Trisanyoto, was also upbeat about the local demand outlook, saying that demand for vehicles continues to grow as the country's economy expands. The company plans to introduce overtime shifts in the second half of the year to meet demand.

PT Honda Prospect Motor announced Honda production will be increased from July and its plant will return to normal production levels in August or September.

It too plans to introduce overtime shifts in the second half to meet demand.