Toyota Motor Corp. said production at five European plants will be stopped for several days in late April and early May after the Japanese earthquake last month reduced parts supplies.
The European factories will also run at a reduced volume during the month of May in order to manage available parts supply, the company said.
The plants affected are a factory in Burnaston, England, which makes the Avensis and Auris models; Adapazari in Turkey, which makes the Verso and Auris, and Valenciennes in France, which makes the Yaris, as well as engine manufacturing factories in Jelcz-Laskowice, Poland, and Deeside, Wales.
The shutdown is being planned around upcoming public holidays or school holidays to make it easier for employees to take the time off, Toyota said. The plants will be closed on April 21, 22, from April 25 to 29 and on May 2.
Toyota said the decision is necessary because of forecasted parts supply difficulties. "Even though most of our parts come from European suppliers, we are experiencing gaps in our supply chain due to the situation in Japan," Didier Leroy, Toyota Motor Europe CEO, said in a statement on Tuesday. "By adjusting our production in Europe, we are adapting to the current situation whilst not completely interrupting our deliveries of vehicles to our customers."
Toyota said it has not made production decisions beyond May.