Toyota Plants Up And Running After Earthquake

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Toyota has resumed normal operations at its factories following a series of intense earthquakes in Japan three weeks ago.

Eight production lines came back on line last Friday, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, returning the automaker to its pre-earthquake capacity of approximately 13,000 cars per day. One of the plants includes a Lexus plant in Fukuoka Prefecture, where for the past three weeks personnel have been mending damage sustained by the facility.

In the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which killed 49 and injured 3,000, production at 26 of Toyota’s 30 Japanese assembly lines was halted. Not all were in the affected region but an important supplier, located near the epicenter in Kumamoto, sustained damage and was unable to provide necessary parts to Toyota factories in other areas

However, Toyota isn’t entirely out of the woods yet. The plants will operate as normal until May 14, when parts supplies will be re-evaluated and operations will be determined based on availability.

This is the second time this year that Toyota has experienced a disruption to its production, the first being a fire at a steel stamping plant in February. In 2011, Toyota was also hit doubly hard by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and a flood in Thailand.

The Nikkei also reports that a Honda motorcycle plant in Kumamoto Prefecture was also affected, and while manufacturing has resumed, it won’t be operating at pre-quake levels until mid-August.

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