Toyota soon to resume normal production

In the wake of disruption in supplies due to shortage of parts after tsunami had hit Japan, the company had earlier suspended production on Mondays and Fridays between April 25 and June 4.  

During the period of low operations, production was curtailed by about 10,000 units, translating into a revenue loss of about Rs 650 crore for its Indian entity, a Toyota Kirloskar Motor  official said.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s  parts sourcing is getting back on track, production will return back to normal levels starting 20th May, 2011, the company said. Plans are afoot to recover loss of production and reduce the waiting period. The plant will function on all weekdays and some of the non - working Saturdays.

TKM Managing Director Hiroshi Nakagawa said: “We are happy to announce that we will be able to resume normal production much earlier than expected. Our focus is to reduce the backlog and jointly work with our vendors to minimize delivery delays.”

Toyota Kirloskar Motor  currently manufactures models like the Etios sedan, multi-utility vehicle Innova, premium sedan Corolla Altis and SUV Fortuner in India.

At present, the waiting periods for Etios and Fortuner are about four months each, while that of Innova and Corolla Altis are three months and one month, company sources said.

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