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Toyota closes Turkey plant

Toyota closes Turkey plant
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Production lines have halted at Toyota’s assembly plant near Istanbul in Turkey due to a shortage of parts from Japan.

The factory – which produces the Verso and Auris models – employs 2,600 workers.

Toyota has been forced to halt European output at five plants on a number of days up until May 2.

The head of the carmaker in Turkey, chief executive Orhan Özer, said that a lack of just a few parts was to blame for the closure: “The source of the problem is some small electronic parts supplied from Japan to our suppliers in Europe, because of that we are facing some inconsistency in supplies and we wanted to halt production for a period to ease the condition.”

As well as the factory in Turkey, production has been hit in Britain, France and Poland.

Toyota recently said it will extend and expand production cuts at its plants in North America for another six weeks and its factories in China will also reduce production.

It is not clear now long the disruptions in supplies of parts will last.