Automotive News reports that Toyota may experience production delays tied to widespread flooding in Thailand. The Japanese automaker relies on certain Thai components, including audio systems, diodes and condensers, that may see production shortages. Honda, too, has issued a statement that the rising waters are delaying production of some vehicles.

Such shortages have already caused three plants in Thailand to be shut down entirely and some of Toyota's facilities in Japan to scale back production. Now there's a chance that the squeeze may be placed on some North American Toyota plants. Currently, the automaker says that it's evaluating its supply chain to determine just how far-reaching the production delays will be but Green Car Reports notes that the Prius has been affected. Since late 2010, Toyota has built the world's most popular hybrid in Thailand.

The AN report indicates that Toyota is already considering cutting one day of Saturday work at its four North American facilities and contemplating additional overtime restrictions. As of right now, the automaker says it has enough parts in stock to continue production while its suppliers source components from Malaysia and the Philippines. All told, the flooding in Thailand has caused a restriction on around 100 individual Toyota components.
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About the Impact of Flooding in Thailand on Honda Operations

October 25, 2011 - Following is the most current information regarding the impact of the flooding in Thailand on Honda's operations.

Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya), has suspended production since October 4, due to parts supply disruptions from suppliers impacted by the flooding. On October 8, the management of the Rojana Industrial Park issued an evacuation order and flood water was confirmed within the property of the HATC plant. Due to the inability to access its facility, HATC does not currently have a clear outlook for when production will resume.

Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Thai Honda), Honda's motorcycle and power products production subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in Bangkok), has suspended motorcycle production since October 11, and power products production since October 6, due mostly to parts supply disruptions from suppliers impacted by the flooding. As the timing of the recovery of parts supply remains unclear, Thai Honda is scheduled to suspend its production until October 29. As of today, no flood water damage has been confirmed within the property of Thai Honda.

Following is the most current information regarding the impact of the flooding in Thailand on Honda production operations outside of Thailand.

Automobile production plant in Malaysia (Honda Malaysia SDN BHD):
Starting today, October 25, production is being suspended due to parts supply disruptions from Thailand. The sales of models imported from countries other than Thailand will be continued.
Other Honda production plants:
The outlook for any possible future impact is currently being carefully confirmed and examined at each operation.

Concerning operations from today onward, Honda will make decisions while carefully monitoring the situation. Honda deeply apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and requests their understanding during these challenging times. Honda and its suppliers are devoting all our efforts to minimize the impact on our customers.


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      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow, Toyota and its Prius just can't cut a break. Deliveries are still recovering from the earthquake in Japan and now this. I guess that will keep used Prius prices up high.
      Spec
      • 7 Months Ago
      The Earth has established a feedback loop to slow down climate change. Just flood out the factories manufacturing fossil fuel burning products. ;-)
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Spec
        You beat me to it Spec. If the car corps are not going to help EV's proliferate, perhaps they should source their plants and suppliers in areas of the earth where GW is less likely to effect supply lines. This may save them more money than cheap labor can. Hope GM built their new manufacturing plants at high elevations in Thailand. This assumes GW has contributed to Thailand's current debacle. All Thailand needs now is a earthquake off the coast and a tsunami would commence, what a mess that would be. If places on earth aren't flooding they are in a state of drought and yield less food crops. Yet some places are little effected. Enough of my cheeriness's, onward through the fog!
          Michael
          • 7 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Dave, 20 years ago, Toyota wasn't making cars in Thailand or making the Prius at all. However, had there been flooding like Thailand has seen recently in Japan, then Toyota would have still had supply chain/production issues.
          DaveMart
          • 7 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          The apparent increase in natural disasters in much of the world is as much a function of more CNN as more disasters. And 20 years ago a flood in Thailand would not have affected Prius production! :-)
          Ziv
          • 7 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Davemart, I agree with you about the CNN factor. People think that horrible events like child kindnapping are on the rise because of CNN, while it is actually on the decline. Another factor in the Global Warming is causing more natural disasters is the simple fact that there are more people, so it is less likely for a hurricane to hit an unpopulated section of coast, or for a tornado to land on unpopulated cropland or pasture. There is no doubt that temps are higher now than they were 150 years ago, but given the higher temps in the medieval warming period, it would seem that we have some decades before the worst of the possible scenarios occur. Probably. And who knows, literally. The world temps may have peaked in 1998 and we are actually on the way back down.
          Marco Polo
          • 7 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Major heavy industries are traditionally located on major rivers or ports. Ease of transport and labour were deciding factors. GW, or not. for Bangkok and most of Thailand, floods are an age old experience. I feel very sorry for any one suffering flooding. Still it may clear away the mountain of sewerage thats accumulated in Bangkok harbour.
          DaveMart
          • 7 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Michael: That was rather my point! Ziv: I didn't mean to stir up the whole GW debate, as if there is GW I advocate a rapid build out of nuclear power which would reduce CO2 effectively. If there is no man-made GW I advocate a rapid build out of nuclear power to conserve resources and power society economically with reduced air pollution. So it seems to me that I can stand aside from any debate. If it is of any interest though I personally found persuasive evidence in the close correlation over the past 100,000 years of CO2 levels and temperature. Of course correlation is not proof of causation, but it takes a brave gambler to bet that increasing CO2 levels will NOT increase temperature. With my limited interest in the subject that is as far as I have pursued it rather than make the not inconsiderable effort to fully acquaint myself with the evidence on a methodical basis. Since we can perfectly well power our society with much lower levels of CO2 emissions, why take the chance?
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Spec
        You kid, but i am sure we will see some truth to that statement.