TOYOTA TO STOP PRODUCTION IN UK, FRANCE DUE TO LOGISTICAL WOES
Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will suspend operations at its plants in Britain and France following logistical disruptions caused by the recent border closure related to the discovery of a new strain of the novel coronavirus in England, Kyodo news service reported.
The factories were scheduled to close from Thursday for the Christmas and New Year period, but the shutdown date was brought forward, the automaker said.
Toyota's engine factory and vehicle production bases in Britain will close from Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, while its assembly plant in France will shut down on Tuesday afternoon.
These shutdown orders came as Britain grapples with fears about the outbreak of infection caused by a variant of the COVID-19 virus discovered in Britain.