Mazda to resume Japan production in July
Now that some countries have been gradually easing their way back to normal operations after the lockdown, car companies like Mazda are also restarting their production plants in Japan before the end of July.
"By carefully monitoring the demand in our markets over the past months and after a period of adjusting global production and supply, inventory levels at our plants, offshore, at ports and at our dealer outlets are steadily returning to appropriate levels," Mazda said in its statement.
"Based on the current conditions, we will resume both day and night shift operations without suspensions at all plants in Japan before the end of July. Our plants in Mexico and Thailand will continue to operate with a reduced number of working days," it added.
Mazda's Ujina Plant No. 1 and No. 2 (Hiroshima), Hofu Plant No. 2 (Hofu, Yamaguchi) will restart on July 1, while its Hofu Plant No.1 (Hofu, Yamaguchi) will restart on July 27.
The company's Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation located in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico will operate on Monday to Thursday, from the first to fourth week. Meanwhile, its Auto Alliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd. located in Rayong, Thailand is undergoing adjustments as of this time.
Mazda added that production volume in Japan was "40 percent compared to the volume produced during the previous year period", and its production volume for July in Japan will "recover up to as much as 80 percent of its volume for the same month last year".
The company also plans to combine its overseas production in Thailand and Mexico, and their target production volume will be 150 percent higher compared to the production volume they reached in June this year".
Despite its plans to restart many of its operation, the company is quick to add that they are cautiously moving things while implementing safety measures along the way.
"Though things have started to shift towards recovery, we decided to maintain the production adjustment put in place since March through into June, as we still haven’t reached pre-production adjustment levels".
"Although we expect it to take a long time before the global market will return to pre-pandemic levels, we will proceed cautiously with business in order to ensure that we can meet requests from customers considering to buy Mazda vehicles, while continuing to implement infection prevention measures."
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