Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) recently announced plans to boost production earlier than expected. The announcement follows the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan which slowed down the firm’s production. The statement further says that by beginning of June, this year, overall production at the N. American plant will reach approximately 70 percent of normal levels, up from approximately 30 percent in May.

The improvement in parts availability from Japan is the result of countermeasure activities implemented by affected suppliers. According to the statement, Toyota will continue to evaluate production model-by-model on a monthly basis, with a goal to return to fully normalized production by late this year.

“Our team members and suppliers are working closely on countermeasure activities to improve the parts condition from Japan. We continue to develop solutions in order to restore 100 percent production as soon as possible for all of our North American-made vehicles,” said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of TEMA. “We appreciate the patience of our customers and dealers.”

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