Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend Japanese automotive production on Tuesday, Mar. 1, because of a system failure at a supplier of plastic parts and electronic components, a company spokeswoman confirmed to Steel Market Update (SMU).
Kojima Industries Corp, the supplier in question, said the complete system failure might be the result of a cyber-attack. An investigation into the incident is underway, according to several media outlets.
The temporary stoppage will impact both the first and second shifts at 14 assembly plants in Japan, bringing 28 domestic production lines to a standstill. The widespread pause is estimated to curtail the production of roughly 13,000 vehicles, Toyota said.
“Due to a system failure at a domestic supplier, Toyota Motor Corp. has suspended the operation of 28 lines at 14 plants in Japan on Tuesday,” a Toyota spokeswoman said. “We apologize to our customers and suppliers for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to work with our suppliers to strengthen the supply chain and make every effort to deliver vehicles to our customers as soon as possible.”
The production halt – which accounts for about a third of Toyota’s global production – is currently scheduled only for Tuesday. But the situation is fluid, and the length of the stoppage and the extent of disruptions remain unclear, she said. “It’s too soon to know at this point…but Japan will update their situation as needed. We’re hopeful it will be resolved very quickly.”
Currently, there is no impact on production in North America, the spokeswoman said.
By David Schollaert, David@SteelMarketUpdate.com
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