Toyota City, Japan – Toyota expects to ramp up production in July in Japan and August in North America, with all models back to normal production by November or December 2011.
The company made the announcement after an analysis of its suppliers affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The one-month difference in the start date between the two is due to the time required to ship parts from Japan to overseas plants.
Manufacturing plants in Japan are currently working at 50 per cent of capacity, and in North America at 30 per cent capacity, due to parts availability. Toyota said it is continuing to do all it can to minimize the impact on employment, and there are no plans for layoffs in North America.
Toyota plans to continue procuring parts from the same suppliers but will consider substitute parts from other suppliers. Approximately 150 parts are affecting new vehicle production, mostly electronic, rubber and plastic-related, but replacement parts for service and repair are available.