The ongoing disaster in Japan caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011 is forcing many automakers to extend production halts on domestic plants well into next week. On 16 March 2011, Toyota announced that it has decided to continue the production halt started on March 14 at all of its plants in Japan, including all subsidiary vehicle manufacturers through 22 March. According to reports, the suspension of production has already cost Toyota some 40,000 vehicles up until now.
“A decision on when vehicle production will resume in Japan has yet to be made,” the company said in a written statement. However, the world’s largest automaker noted that it will resume production of replacement parts for vehicles already in the market beginning 17 March. Toyota added that it also plan to restart manufacturing parts for overseas production on Monday, March 21.
One advantage of having production lines in different geographical locations is the spreading of risk in the event of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake.
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