Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Deadly bug: Toyota to suspend production for now

Japanese car maker Toyota is to suspend production at all of its UK factories as the coronavirus outbreak continues to hit industries around the world.

It comes just a day after Nissan announced plans to halt its Sunderland plant - which employs 7,000 workers - just a week after injecting £52million to build its new Qashqai sports model.

In a statement issued this morning, Toyota, which has a plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, as well as an engine-making factory at Deeside, North Wales, said that it will halt production following the conclusion of today’s day shift.

It is part of a wider move that will see Toyota shut its factories across Europe - after closing its French plant.

Production will cease today in the UK, where it employs around 2,000 people making the Corolla - as well as its factory in Poland.

Work will stop at its Czech Republic plant on Thursday, while its factory in Turkey will close on Saturday.

It is understood that production will initially stop for at least a week.

A Toyota Motor Europe statement said: "With the acceleration of the coronavirus in various European countries or regions and the associated ‘lock-down’ measures taken by various national and regional authorities, an uncertain short-term sales outlook and difficulties in logistics and supply chains are being felt and will increase in the next weeks.

"TME has consequently decided to organise a progressive suspension of its vehicle and engines/transmissions production plants in Europe starting on 18 March until further notice."