Tokyo / Hong Kong
Toyota will resume operations at its Japanese assembly plants on Wednesday after a 24-hour hiatus due to disruptions to its supply chain.
The world’s largest automaker by sales said its 14 auto plants in the country temporarily halted operations on Tuesday because a system glitch that began on Monday prevented it from processing orders for auto components.
The company said in a statement that production is expected to return to normal at all 14 factories in Japan as of the start of the second shift on Wednesday.
“We understand that the glitch in the system was not caused by a cyberattack. However, we will continue to investigate the cause.”TM) He said. “We would like to once again apologize to our customers, suppliers and related parties for any inconvenience caused by the suspension of operations.”
Toyota pioneered this Production “just in time”., which is based on delivering component parts to assembly plants in appropriate quantities just before they are required. The system saves warehouse space and money but is subject to disruption if any link in the chain is broken.
It was not immediately clear how large the production loss was. Toyota’s plants in Japan together account for approx the third of global production for the automaker, according to Reuters calculations.
Last year, Toyota was forced to halt Japanese production after a cyberattack on one of its suppliers led to system failures and a similar problem in sourcing auto parts. The suspension lasted for one day.
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