Toyota Motor Europe (TME) says production at five European plants will be stopped for several days in late April / early May and will run at a reduced volume next month to manage available parts supply, following the Japanese earthquake.  

The shut-down is being planned around upcoming scheduled public holidays or school holidays to allow employees to take time off.

Affected plants for the production of vehicles are: Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) in Burnaston; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT) in Adapazari and Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) in Onnaing.

The decision also applies to engine manufacturing facilities Toyota Motor Industries Poland (TMIP) in Jelcz-Laskowice and TMUK Engine Plant in Deeside, Wales.

The non-production days for these plants will be 21 and 22 April, from 25
to 29 April, and 2 May.  However some plants had previously planned public or company holidays:  TMUK on 22, 25 and 29 April and 2 May; TMMF on 25 April and TMIP on 25 April and 2 and 3 May.

The exact reduced work schedules in May will be determined by each manufacturing company based on local labour laws and, as required, agreements with employee representatives.

"Even though most of our parts come from European suppliers, we are experiencing gaps in our supply chain due to the situation in Japan," said TME President and CEO Didier Leroy. 

"By adjusting our production in Europe, we are adapting to the current situation while not completely interrupting our deliveries of vehicles to our customers."

No decision has yet been made regarding production beyond May. TME added it would continue to evaluate its supply chain and make plans based on the situation.

"Our focus is dual: help Japan recover, and return to normal as soon as possible in Europe to meet a market demand that is much better than in the past two years," said Leroy.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) said last week production at its factories in Japan will restart from 18 April until 27 April at 50% of normal pace.

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