Toyota minicar affiliate and contract assembler Daihatsu Motor ‘normalised’ vehicle production at two Japanese plants for five days from Monday (21 November) after suspending overtime work late last month due to parts supply chain disruptions induced by the massive flood in Thailand, company officials said.

Daihatsu decided on the move at the Ikeda plant in Osaka Prefecture and Kyoto plant in Kyoto Prefecture as the outlook for securing auto parts has improved, the officials told Kyodo News.

The two plants are producing vehicles under contract for Toyota Motor and Daihatsu will decide on production levels at the plants after next Monday (28 November) depending on the parts procurement situation at each.

Daihatsu had been suspending overtime work at Ikeda since 24 October and at Kyoto since 25 October costing output of 3,100 vehicles up to last Friday.