Production returns to normal at Honda Canada plants in Alliston, Ont.
October 19, 2011 by The Canadian Press
Production has returned to normal at Honda Canada’s assembly plants in Alliston, Ont., after being severely slashed as a result of fallout from last March’s natural disaster in Japan.
“After the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan this spring, HCM (Honda Canada Manufacturing) production was reduced to approximately 50 percent during the summer months due to the shortage of critical parts from that region,” the company said.
With the return to normal production, the supply of vehicles is now returning to normal at Honda dealerships across Canada, the company added.
Approximately 95 percent of Honda vehicles sold in Canada are produced in North America.
Prior to the March 11 earthquake in Japan, HCM had been assembling more than 28,000 vehicles a month bound for sale in Canada and the United States.
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969 and currently employs approximately 4,700 workers in addition to more than 15,000 dealership personnel across the country.
Honda’s two assembly plants in Alliston produce the Civic Coupe, Sedan and Si models, and the Acura MDX and ZDX. An adjacent engine plant produces fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines for the Civic.