Toyota shuts down 14 production lines in Japan for four days in Gangjin


Toyota, the world’s largest automobile company, has decided to suspend operation of 14 production lines at nine finished car factories in Japan for a maximum of four days in the aftermath of a 7.3 earthquake off the coast of Fukushima on the 13th.

According to the Nikkei Shimbun, Toyota announced on the 16th that a large number of parts makers suffered damage from the earthquake that struck Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.

Toyota said that parts that have been delayed due to the earthquake are not automotive semiconductors.

The production line set up by Toyota this time targets a wide range of vehicles such as SUV Harrier and luxury car Lexus, but the number of production affected is not clear. Toyota Motor East’s Iwate plant, RAV4 production line, Hino Motor’s Hamura plant, etc. Toyota has 15 factories and 28 production lines in Japan, half of which will be established in 2019. When calculated from Toyota’s Japanese factory production performance, production cuts of 5,000 to 6,000 units per day are expected due to the shutdown of 14 lines.

Earlier, at 11:8 pm on the 13th, a 7.3 earthquake took place off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, resulting in more than 100 injuries.

Shinkansen service temporarily stopped due to the earthquake, and 850,000 households from Tohoku to the Kanto region once faced a blackout.


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