Honda Temporarily Suspends Production at UK Plant Due to Shipping Delays Amid Pandemic

Honda Motor on Wednesday decided to temporarily suspend its operations at its plant in England after experiencing a shortage of car parts due to shipping delays linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Honda Motor on Wednesday decided to temporarily suspend its operations at its plant in England after experiencing a shortage of car parts due to shipping delays linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Japanese automaker is one of many businesses that have been affected by severe congestion at some of the U.K.’s key container ports as they get affected by the COVID-19 restrictions and the run-up to the end of the Brexit transition period.

According to the automaker, the factory relies on “just in time” and “just in sequence” delivery system, in which the car parts only arrive as they are needed for assembly.

The company is currently looking for alternative shipping arrangements, including air cargo.

“The situation is currently being monitored with a view to restart production as soon as possible,” Honda said on Wednesday.

The car maker has not decided whether to resume production and activity at the plant on Thursday.

Honda’s Swindon factory has manufactured about 110,000 Civic sedans for North America, Britain and Japan in 2019.

Prior to the plant’s recent suspension of operations, Honda had suspended its production between March and June in response to the coronavirus restrictions.

The Swindon factory is also due to shut down next year due to Honda’s attempt to restructure its business.

Editors Note: Story “UK-HONDA-OPERATION-SUSPENSION” corrected on 09.12.2020 13:15


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