Toyota Thailand suspends vehicle production due to parts shortage 

Updated Jul 23, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Some Toyota plants in Japan are also ceasing production. 

Toyota Motor Corp., has suspended the production of cars at three plants in Thailand. More specifically, these are the Ban Pho Plant, the Gateway Plant in Hua Samrong, and the Toyota Samrong plant. 

A picture of the Toyota Ban Pho facility in Thailand

The Toyota Ban Pho Plant 

This news was reported by Reuters who also shared that the closure of these facilities is caused by parts shortage, which in turn is attributed to the spread of COVID-19 in the aforementioned country. As for when these Toyota Thailand plants will return to making cars, no specific date was given. Although, the report said that “it will be determined at a later stage.” 

Apart from the Toyota plant closures in the Land of Smiles, Toyota also temporarily ceased the production of cars at its Aichi plant in Japan from August 2 to 4. Toyota Global also released a statement that its Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd. Fujimatsu Plant is also suspending the operations of one of it's production lines from July 29 to August 4.  

Despite being owned by a subsidiary company, the Fujimatsu facility is important as it produces a number of Japanese domestic models, as well as the Alphard luxury people carrier that’s popular in the Philippine market. 

A picture of the Toyota Fujimatsu Plant in Japan

The Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd. Fujimatsu Plant

Going back to the Toyota Thailand Plant closures, this is also very relevant to the Philippine automotive industry, as Toyota Motor Philippines sources most of its top-selling models there. This includes but is not limited to the Hilux, Fortuner, Corolla Cross, Corolla Altis, etc. 

It is also important to note that Thailand is the largest car manufacturing hub in the ASEAN region. With the rise of COVID-19 infections in the region, it’s going to be a rough few days for Thailand's automotive industry and the Thai people in general. To put it into perspective, the country has reached 13,655 COVID-19 infections on Thursday, July 22, which is a record high for the country. With all of that said, let’s hope that Thailand recovers. 

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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