PSA Peugeot Citroen “expects to see a gradual return to normal conditions, beginning Thursday, 31 March,” after disruptions announced last week in some of its production in Europe, caused by difficulties in deliveries of electronic components from Japan, the group said on Monday afternoon (28 March).

PSA had said on Friday it would temporarily cut production at its Slovak plant this week after the massive earthquake in Japan earlier this month hit car part supplies.

“The company will completely halt production on Monday and reduce output to one shift for the rest of the week,” plant spokesman Peter Svec told AFP.

“The company lacks components for diesel engines produced by Japanese supplier Hitachi,” he added.

The PSA plant in Trnava, western Slovakia, which employs 3,000 staff and exports most of its production to the German, French and Italian markets, normally operates in two shifts.

PSA’s headquarters and unions in France had told AFP on Thursday the company had laid off several thousand workers temporarily because of the drop in supplies from Japan, with the stoppage affecting some 5,000 workers at various company sites in France and another 5,000 at subcontractors.

The works councils of the plants concerned will meet on Tuesday, 29 March, PSA said today.

“PSA Peugeot Citroën is carefully tracking the evolving situation for the supply of certain parts sourced from Japan,” the statement added.