Production at Toyota’s three plants in eastern Thailand stopped on Oct. 10 because the flooding has disrupted the supply of parts. Honda Motor Corp. has also been hurt by the floods, with its assembly plant north of Bangkok completely inundated.
The automaker said in a statement that it will start to “adjust” production in other Asian countries from Oct. 24 due to possible delays in parts from Thailand – its main production base in Southeast Asia.
Typhoon-driven flooding has whipsawed Thailand since late July, killing more than 280 people, affecting more than three quarters of the country’s provinces and inflicting billions of dollars in damage. Flood waters from higher ground in northern and central Thailand are now menacing the capital Bangkok.
Toyota’s Thai plants produced 630,000 vehicles in 2010 including popular models like the Camry and the Corolla. Thai production was more than 8 percent of Toyota’s worldwide production last year of 7.6 million vehicles.
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