Toyota to Commence Normal Production at its Indian Plants from May 20

Toyota will soon resume their normal production output earlier than expected. According to recent reports, the company announced that it would be commencing normal production by May20, at the company’s various plants in India. The company was forced to cut down production after a devastating earthquake and tsunami set off factory shutdowns in the island nation.

According to a statement released by the company, auto parts supplies from Japan are now greatly improved and soon reach normal levels within the coming days, quite earlier than the company’s expectations. Toyota Kirloskar Motors will soon begin manufacturing around 12,000 units in a month at their Bangalore plant.

The company’s deputy managing director of marketing, Sandeep Singh, said that they are looking forward to resuming normal production by next week, which would help them meet their customer demands in regional markets at a greater pace than predicted.

TKM will move forward as per the Liva’s scheduled launch, which is the Etios sedan’s hatchback version, in June end. The first facility of the company in Bangalore, which produced the Fortuner and the Corolla Altis had an 80,000 vehicles per annum production capacity. The newest plant of the company is also located in the same place, set up with a Rs.3,200 crore investment. The plant which can roll out around 70,000 vehicles every year, currently produces the Etios.

The Toyota Fortuner and Etios currently have waiting periods of four months, while the Toyota Corolla Altis and Innova have waiting periods of one and three months respectively. According to the company, they have plans for recovering the production loss and also for decreasing the waiting time. The facility will operate during weekdays as well as during some non-working Saturdays.

TKM had suspended production at their plants during Fridays and Mondays from April 24 till June 4 as they were facing a severe shortage of auto parts. The Japanese car manufacturers, which included Honda Motors faced shortage of auto parts. Other auto companies are yet to announce whether they will be resuming normal production at their plants, as supply constraints are predicted to continue, affecting normal production cycle and car dispatches, according to industry officials.

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