Toyota resumes full car production in June

Vehicle production at Toyota’s Australian plant will return to normal levels earlier than expected after production was reduced to 50 per cent after the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

The company has reduced production since 9 May to manage available parts supply following the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Toyota said that production will return to normal levels during the week commencing 6 June 2011.

The Altona manufacturing plant will increase production to approximately 9,000 vehicles per month from June

In a statement, Toyota Australia President and CEO Max Yasuda said the company had confirmed it had sufficient parts to support a return to full vehicle production.

"Toyota Australia and our suppliers have worked closely with Toyota Motor Corporation to secure the parts needed to resume normal vehicle production levels in early June," Yasuda said.

"This has involved studying and confirming the supply of critical parts from the earthquake affected areas and identifying interim alternate suppliers."

Toyota’s Altona plant produces the Camry, Hybrid Camry and Orion models employs approximately 3300 staff.

According to an online report, Toyota is expected to lose its spot as the world’s top-selling automaker to General Motors Co this year because of the Japan disasters which in March.

Toyota Motor Corporation has also announced that its North American factories will return to 70 percent of normal production in June. The company reduced its US production to about 30% of normal in May.

Toyota said that it would evaluate its US production for each model every month to monitor market performance. The company also stated that it may not return to fully normal production until late this year.

Toyota will however move to 100% production of eight out of 12 models it produces in North America in June.

The models include the Avalon large car, Camry midsize car, Corolla compact, Highlander SUV, Matrix small car, Sequoia large SUV, Sienna minivan and Vena crossover vehicle, Toyota said in a statement.

Toyota has 13 factories in North America that employs an estimated 25,000 people.

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