Flooding in Thailand, reckoned to be the worst for fifty years, is disrupting supply chains. Latest updates appear here:
TOYOTA UPDATE: 8TH NOVEMBER
Toyota Motor Corporation has extended its programme of production adjustment in Japan through to 18th November. It said adjustments would be based on an ongoing assessment of the parts supply situation at each individual production line.
A decision on production outside Japan from 14th November onward will be made based on an assessment of the situation as it develops.
KERRY LOGISTICS UPDATE: 7th NOVEMBER
Kerry Logistics is relocating its Express command centre from Bangkok to the east of Thailand, within 20km of Laem Cha Bang deep sea port. This command centre is also connected to Suvarnabhumi airport and is within one hour travel time away, over elevated highways.
The company has also established distribution centres in Siracha, Chonburi, Chacheongsao and Rayong on the eastern seaboard and in Korat Province in the north east of Thailand, which are all unaffected by flooding, to assist in the speedy distribution of cargo.
“We have acted promptly to maintain supply chain integrity and maintain distribution flow for our customers and their suppliers. We are focused on prioritising food & beverages, pharmaceuticals & medical, and life-saving equipment,” said general manager Alex Ng.
TOYOTA UPDATE: 4th NOVEMBER
Toyota Motor Corporation has extended the adjusted production hours at its vehicle production plants in Japan to 12 November. Production will be adjusted based on an ongoing assessment of the parts supply situation at each individual production line.
Toyota Motor Thailand has extended the production halt at its Samrong, Gateway and Ban Pho plants to November 12. The floods still have had no physical impact on the plants.
Vehicle production plants in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan and Malaysia will adjust production for the week starting November 7.
A decision on production from November 14 onward will be made based on an assessment of the situation as it develops.
NISSAN UPDATE: 4th NOVEMBER
Nissan's plant at Samut Prakan remains unaffected by the flood to date and measures have been taken to strengthen the plant's flood defences. However, owing to shortages in parts supply, production at the plant remains suspended, but Nissan is working to resume production of most models from 14 November.
The estimated total production loss in Thailand due to the floods is 40,000 units, based on Nissan's plan to resume production on 14th November.
To date, the flood impact to the supply chain has not impacted production at Nissan facilities outside of Thailand.
In Japan, Nissan still sees a remaining risk of 20,000 units of production loss.
Currently, there is a delay in the delivery of certain vehicles due to the production hold in Thailand.
HONDA UPDATE 31ST OCTOBER
Production is suspended at Honda Automobile (Thailand) the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in the Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya).
“As of today, HATC does not have a clear outlook for when production will resume as flooding on its facilities has continued since 8th October,” the group said.
Production has been suspended at Thai Honda Manufacturing, Honda's motorcycle and power products production subsidiary, until 4th November, owing to disruption to parts supply. It has yet to decide whether production will resume from 7th November.
Other Honda plants in Asia have been making adjustments to production volume or suspending production due to the limited parts supply from Thailand.
In Japan, Honda's automobile production operations at the Suzuka and Saitama Factories will begin production adjustments on 7th November, due to the limited parts supply from Thailand. Honda is making progress in procuring alternative parts, and the timing to normalise production will be determined while monitoring the situation in the future.
Honda operations in other regions also are being impacted by the limited parts supply from Thailand. Each operation is carefully examining the situation.
TOYOTA UPDATE: 27th OCTOBER
Toyota has extended its adjusted production hours at plants in Japan to include 29th October.
Production from 31 st October through 5th November will be adjusted based on an ongoing assessment of the parts supply situation at each individual production line.
TMC’s sales and production company in Thailand, Toyota Motor Thailand Co, has extended the production halt at its Samrong, Gateway and Ban Pho plants—in place since 10th October - through to 5th November.
The floods still have had no physical impact on the plants. Vehicle production plants in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam will adjust production for the week starting 31st October.
A decision on production from 7th November onward will be made based on an assessment of the situation as it develops.
HONDA UPDATE: 25th OCTOBER
Honda has suspended production at its car plant in Malaysia as a result of disruption to the supply of parts from Thailand.
Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co Ltd (HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya), has suspended production since October 4, due to parts supply disruptions from suppliers impacted by the flooding. On October 8, the management of the Rojana Industrial Park issued an evacuation order and flood water was confirmed within the property of the HATC plant. Due to the inability to access its facility, HATC does not currently have a clear outlook for when production will resume.
Thai Honda Manufacturing Co (Thai Honda), Honda's motorcycle and power products production subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in Bangkok), has suspended motorcycle production since October 11, and power products production since October 6, due mostly to parts supply disruptions from suppliers impacted by the flooding. As the timing of the recovery of parts supply remains unclear, Thai Honda is scheduled to suspend its production until October 29. As of today, no flood water damage has been confirmed within the property of Thai Honda.
NISSAN UPDATE: 25th OCTOBER
Nissan said its plant in Thailand remains unaffected by the flood. Extensive efforts have been made to strengthen flood defences around the facility to prepare for potential flooding.
Production at the NMT plant in Samut Prakan is currently suspended and this production hold will continue until Friday, October 28, due to shortage in parts supply.
To date, one dealer showroom has been flooded and another dealership has been closed due to the flooding in the surrounding area.
Toyota has production plants at Samrong, Gateway, and Ban Pho plants. It halted production at the three plants on 10th October as a result of parts-supply delays, although the plants themselves had not been affected. That decision is to be reviewed on 28th October.
The company said its planned to adjust production hours at its vehicle production plants in Japan from 24th October to 28th October as a result of the possible effects of recent flooding in Thailand on parts supply to Japan.
“A decision on production hours from October 29 onward will be made based on an assessment of the situation as it develops.”
Honda’s production plant at Rojana Industrial Park was flooded on 8th October, but production at had been already been halted a few days earlier because of disruption to the supply of parts.
The hi-tech sector is also strongly represented in Thailand with companies like Sony, Canon, and Pioneer all having plants in the country. The flooding has also hit the supply of hard disks to PC makers.
Pioneer said two of its factories at the Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya Province, had been flooded with water inundating the first floor of both factories, which have been closed.
“Based on the prospect that it will take certain time to restore the factories to the normal operation, we have started work on the measures such as early execution of alternate production at our factories in China, Malaysia and Japan, in order to minimise the impact of the factory closures,” the company said.
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