Surging infections in Southeast Asia are bringing assembly lines to a halt for Japan’s largest automaker. Toyota Motor has suspended operations at some plants in Japan and abroad amid a parts shortage.
Toyota has halted production in Thailand after local suppliers stopped making parts due to rising coronavirus cases.
The automaker says it closed down operations at its three assembly plants near Bangkok in the past week.
The three plants are Toyota’s key factories in Southeast Asia. They can produce in total about 750,000 passenger cars and commercial vehicles annually.
Thailand has been reporting more than 10,000 coronavirus cases a day.
Toyota says it will monitor developments and decide whether it can restart assembly from Thursday following a holiday period.
Meanwhile, a coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam is denting Toyota’s output in Japan as well.
Group firm Toyota Auto Body is suspending a production line at its plant in central Japan for five days from Thursday.
The plant gets components from suppliers in Vietnam. The company says the pandemic is disrupting parts production in the country.