06/07/2020

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Toyota latest car maker to suspend production over coronavirus

Toyota has joined the likes of PSA, FCA, Ford, Renault and the Volkswagen Group in...

Toyota has joined the likes of PSA, FCA, Ford, Renault and the Volkswagen Group in confirming short-term manufacturing unit closures in Europe, two of which are in the British isles, because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a assertion, the Japanese firm cited a quantity of motives for the closures: the acceleration of the virus in Europe, the related “lockdown” steps now being phased in across the continent, a sharp drop in sales and an unsure outlook for the firm’s provide chain.

The company’s production site in France has currently been closed, but from currently generation lines at Toyota Motor Manufacturing British isles facilities in Burnaston, Derbyshire and Deeside, North Wales will join the shutdown.

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Similarly, the firm’s Polish plants will quickly suspend generation from currently, although the Kolin, Czech Republic facility shared with PSA – the construct locale of the Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 metropolis autos – will cease activity from tomorrow. 

Not all staff are being despatched home from the factories. In line with the programs of other companies, some necessary employees will be saved on site, in order to guarantee a smooth restart as soon as entire generation can resume.

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