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March 28, 2011updated 08 Apr 2021 8:06am

‘QUAKE UPDATE [16:25GMT]: Mitsubishi running three plants for two days

Mitsubishi Motors operated all three plants in Japan - Okazaki, Mizushima and Pajero Manufacturing Company (PMC) on Monday 28 March and all three will run again on Tuesday.

Mitsubishi Motors operated all three plants in Japan – Okazaki, Mizushima and Pajero Manufacturing Company (PMC) on Monday 28 March and all three will run again on Tuesday.

Production will be suspended only at PMC on Wednesday (30 March) and operations from the 31st on would be advised later, the automaker said in its daily update.

Honda’s US unit said on Friday night its North American automobile plants would continue normal production until 2 April.

“Due to concerns related to the supply of a few critical parts from Japan, Honda [workers at] these North American plants were informed on [Friday] 25 March that there is likelihood that we will experience some temporary interruptions to North American vehicle production after that date, until the parts supply issues are resolved,” the automaker’s statement said.

“The vast majority of Honda’s parts and materials are sourced here in North America. However, for global efficiency, a few critical parts continue to be supplied from Japan. Most of our Japan-based parts suppliers have either resumed production or are ready to restart their operations. However, there are a few suppliers which have yet to resolve the challenge to resume their production. In those cases, Honda is working with its suppliers to help reestablish their operations, while evaluating other possible sources for those parts in the supply chain.

“This is a very fluid situation.”

Nissan’s most recent bulletin from Japan, on Friday, said: “As the delivery of parts will still take some time to be fully re-established, our plants, except for the Iwaki engine plant, will be partially operational. As for the Iwaki engine plant, aftershocks are still heavily impacting the region, but as infrastructure such as electricity and water are gradually being reestablished, restoration of the facility is accelerating.”

The automaker said its Oppama, Tochigi, Kyushu, Yokohama, Nissan Shatai and Nissan Shatai Kyushu plants were continuing production of parts for overseas manufacturing and replacement parts, subject to parts availability from suppliers.

“Vehicle production will also continue while inventory of supplies lasts,” Nissan said.

Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said on Monday it would resume mini-vehicle production with a limited number of Subaru Stella and Subaru Sambar production units on Thursday, 31 March, “assessing parts supply as well as electric power supply. FHI has not decided when full-scale mini-vehicle production will resume.” 

FHI has also extended the production suspension of all other passenger vehicles at plants in Japan until 31 March, “considering the influence of its suppliers in the affected areas as well as conditions of electric power supply”.

FHI previously suspended vehicle production until today, 28 March, but restarted production of parts for overseas production last Wednesday, 23 March, and production of spare parts on Thursday, with some parts available for vehicle production.

Kyodo News reported that Toyota on Monday resumed production of the Prius and other hybrid vehicles [as previously announced – ed].

Toyota started assembling the Prius at a plant in Aichi Prefecture and two Lexus hybrids, the HS250h and CT200h, at a subsidiary’s factory in Fukuoka prefecture, Kyushu, for the first time since 14 March.

A Toyota official said parts used for assembly include components in stock as well as those supplied by parts manufacturers.

While Toyota will produce the vehicles at a rate of about 50% of its normal operations for the time being, it has yet to decide when to resume production of other models.

Toyota suspended production at all domestic plants from 14 March until Saturday. With the suspension accounting for 140,000 vehicles, Toyota’s domestic production in March is expected to be less than half the year-ago level of 347,000 units.

Truck and diesel engine specialist Isuzu Motors on Monday told Kyodo it would partially restart vehicle assembly at its plant in Kanagawa Prefecture on 5 April, while resuming engine and transmission output at a Tochigi Prefecture plant on Friday.

The automaker said it would adjust its operating level by monitoring rolling blackouts by Tokyo Electric Power Company [owner of the damaged Daiichi nuclear plant at Fuskushima] and distribution conditions.

But it could take some time for Isuzu to resume full-fledged production as it has no prospect of procuring some parts and needs to assemble vehicles with components in stock.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus also said Monday it would start vehicle production partially by using in-stock components.

It will build its vehicles at its plant in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Tuesday and Wednesday on a trial basis, acccording to Kyodo.

UD Trucks, the former Nissan Diesel, based in Ageo, Saitama Prefecture, has resumed full-scale truck output, while Toyota truck affiliate Hino Motors has restarted assembly on a trial basis.

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