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Toyota Canada plants suspend overtime another week to conserve parts


November 2, 2011
By The Canadian Press

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Toyota is making more adjustments to its output in order to conserve its supply of parts from flood-ravaged Thailand.

The Japanese automaker says overtime will be suspended at all assembly plants in Canada and the United States for an additional week beginning November 7 and including Saturday, November 12.

Toyota had already announced last week that overtime would be suspended through to Saturday November 5. 

The company has assembly plants in Woodstock and Cambridge, Ont., which supply the Canadian and U.S. markets.

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Honda Canada has also announced production from its six North American factories will be cut by 50 percent for about a week. That includes its plant in Alliston, Ont. 

Honda Canada has also suspended Saturday overtime work through November and scheduled a non-production day on November 11 — Remembrance Day.

Toyota has about nine percent of Canadian auto sales and Honda takes about six percent.

The shutdowns due to a supply shortage from parts in Thailand come just as the Japanese automakers had recovered full production levels after a supply shortage due to the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.