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The Detroit News is reporting that Toyota believes its production will be back on track by November or December of this year. The automaker saw global manufacturing slow after the tragic earthquake and tsunami activity of last month, though pre-disaster levels of production may return in Japan as soon as July. Meanwhile, shipping delays will cause manufacturing at the company's overseas plants to begin to normalize beginning in August. It will then take another two months for production to completely meet earlier targets.
Currently, Toyota's Japanese facilities are operating at around 50-percent of capacity, though as The Detroit News reports, parts shortages have caused production delays at the company's plants in the U.S. and around the world. While Toyota says that it will continue to work with its standard parts providers, the automaker has also made it clear that it will explore substitute suppliers as it continues to push toward returning to pre-quake output levels.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      Spiel
      • 4 Years Ago
      So during the factory shutdowns, do these poor (as in sad) employees still get paid?
        KaBaL
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Spiel
        The days they are "off" (Monday/Friday) they have options to either do qualified community service, go in and help with plant maintenance/cleanup or in some cases, they can simply take off. But I think they only get a limited number of real "off" days. It wasn't made clear when I asked (family member works at the TMMK plant)
        MKIV
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Spiel
        Yep. No one is layoffs so they are getting paid.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @MKIV
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          MKIV
          • 4 Years Ago
          @MKIV
          Butchered that statement but you know what I mean.
      mikoprivat
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does "back to normal" mean five or more recalls year again?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mikoprivat
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      Sea Urchin
      • 4 Years Ago
      1st!!!!!!!