Toyota South Africa Motors has announced that vehicle production at its production facility in Prospecton in Durban will continue at 100 per cent, despite the recent events caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.
This follows similar communications from Toyota in Europe, North America and Australia. Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing in the United States recently announced that production in this key market will return to 70 per cent of planned production capacity in June, up from only 30 per cent of normal production levels in May. Toyota Motor Europe announced that its manufacturing plants in the UK, Turkey, Poland and France will all return to normal production levels by June and Toyota Australia also indicated that it will be at full production by early June.
The company foresees that vehicle production in Durban will continue at the same pace for June, July and August with possible increases planned thereafter to satisfy increased global market demand. This is supported by sufficient levels of parts and components, and delivery of imported components from Japan that has returned to normal levels.