Toyota, Honda Further Delay Quake-hit Production

Shortage of parts such as electronics devices and rubber and resin products

Honda and Toyota on March 22 said they have delayed plans to restart assembly in Japan because of a shortage of necessary parts, with supply chains hit by a huge earthquake and tsunami.

Toyota said it had delayed plans to restart car production until after March 26. The automaker lacks parts such as electronics devices and rubber and resin products. The halt to auto assembly will affect 140,000 units, a spokesman said.

Toyota started producing replacement parts for the domestic market on March 27 and parts for overseas production on March 21, but has idled vehicle assembly operations since the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The disruption to supply chains had previously led Honda to suspend production until March 23 but it has now extended the suspension of finished automobiles and motorcycles at three plants to March 27. As to whether operations will resume on March 28, Honda said it will "make decisions based on the status of the recovery of Japanese society as a whole as well as the supply of parts."

Exports of key components and crucial equipment used in the assembly of goods abroad, such as silicon wafers, liquid-crystal displays and electric machinery, have also been hit sending shockwaves across global markets.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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