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Toyota to halt production at five European plants

April 13, 2011 - Tokyo

Japanese auto giant Toyota said on Wednesday that it plans to stop production at five European plants for several days in April and May, due to a shortage of parts following the March 11 earthquake.

A Sydney Morning Herald report quoted a Toyota statement, as saying that plants in Britain, Turkey, France and Poland would also operate at a reduced volume in May "in order to manage available parts supply".

"Even though most of our parts come from European suppliers, we are experiencing gaps in our supply chain due to the situation in Japan," Didier Leroy, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe said in a statement.

Leroy added: "By adjusting our production in Europe, we are adapting to the current situation whilst not completely interrupting our deliveries of vehicles to our customers."


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