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Toyota Cancels North American Factory Overtime on Thai Flood

October 26, 2011

(Updates with company comment in fourth paragraph.)

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. canceled overtime production planned for this week at auto-assembly plants in Indiana, Kentucky and Canada and an engine factory in West Virginia as floods in Thailand disrupt parts shipments.

To conserve parts supply in North America, Asia’s largest carmaker won’t operate shifts on Oct. 29 at the U.S. and Canadian plants because of disruptions at suppliers triggered by the flooding, Toyota said on its website. The company didn’t detail the types of parts it gets from Thailand.

Toyota is working to restock U.S. dealers after Japan’s record earthquake and tsunami in March cut vehicle production because of parts shortages. Toyota, based in Toyota City, Japan, has said it will operate North American plants with overtime shifts for the remainder of 2011 to rebuild vehicle inventory.

Toyota hasn’t canceled overtime shifts beyond Oct. 29, Mike Goss, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail. The automaker isn’t providing additional details at this time, he said.

North American plant operations for Honda Motor Co., Japan’s third-largest automaker, haven’t been affected by the Thai floods at this time, said Ron Lietzke, an Ohio-based company spokesman. Honda is based in Tokyo.

The U.S. sales units of Toyota and Honda are based in Torrance, California.

--Editors: Bill Koenig, Cecile Daurat

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jamie Butters at jbutters@bloomberg.net


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