Toyota Motor Corp. has canceled planned overtime work at its car assembly and engine plants in the UK as automakers increasingly face component shortages following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Toyota's production disruption comes after Honda Motor Co. said it will cut production at its UK factory by 50 percent for seven weeks due to a shortage of some parts supplied from Japan.
Toyota has canceled one hour per shift, four days a week for the 2,700 employees of its car-assembly factory in Burnaston, near Derby, England, and an engine plant in Deeside, Wales, that employs 500, spokesman Nick Freeman told Bloomberg News on Wednesday.
The Burnaston plant, which last year produced 137,000 Auris, Avensis and Auris Hybrid models, suffered a supply gap of about one week through March 21, Freeman said. Parts from Japan make up 23 percent of the total by number and 7 percent by volume.