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November 19, 2020

Supplier fire halts Daihatsu and Toyota output

Two Daihatsu Motor plants which also produce vehicles for Toyota Motor have suspended production after a fire broke out at a supplier factory, a media report said.

By Olly Wehring

Two Daihatsu Motor plants which also produce vehicles for Toyota Motor have suspended production after a fire broke out at a supplier factory, a media report said.

Production was suspended on Monday after Daihatsu was unable to secure certain necessary parts, a spokesman told Bloomberg on Thursday.

The halt affects production of Toyota's popular Raize compact SUV. In the 10 months to the end of  October, some 389,000 cars were produced at the two Daihatsu factories, more than half of which were destined for Toyota. Toyota declined to comment to Bloomberg.

The report noted output at the plants had been ramped up following a backlog of orders amassed when the facilities were closed earlier this year due to the coronavirus. Toyota has also been pushing to recover lost production ground, increasing global production to the highest level ever in September.

The two plants produced about 520,000 cars in 2019, accounting for around half of Daihatsu domestic production Bloomberg said, citing an earlier Nikkei report.

Operations will be suspended until 28 November, Daihatsu said.

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