Honda Phils suspends production due to Thai floods


Posted at Nov 03 2011 05:17 PM | Updated as of Nov 04 2011 01:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Honda Cars Philippines Inc. is suspending local production starting Thursday due to limited parts supply caused by the flooding in Thailand.

"Honda deeply regrets any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and request their understanding during these times," the firm said in a statement.

Other Honda plants in Asia have also suspended or cut production due to supply disruptions, the firm noted.

In Thailand, the factory of Honda's automobile unit has been closed since October 4. The company said it "does not have a clear outlook for when production will resume as flood water on its facilities has continued."

Honda's factory for motorcycle and power products production in Thailand was spared from flooding, but it also suspended production due to parts shortage. It is scheduled to resume production on November 4.

"Honda operations in other regions are also being impacted by the limited parts supply from Thailand. Each operation is carefully examining the situation," Honda said.

"Honda and its suppliers are devoting all our efforts to minimize the impact on our customers," it added.

On Monday, Honda announced from Japan that it would cut by half the production at its six plants in the US and Canada as suppliers in Thailand have failed to deliver auto parts.

However, the company said there would be no layoffs as a result of decreased production.