Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Honda altering production schedule in Alliston

Reducation expected to continue until May 6
By Marg. Bruineman, the Barrie Examiner

Reduced daily production levels at Honda Canada's Alliston facility has been extended as a result of a parts shortage from the earthquake-ravaged Japan.

"Production adjustments continue until May 6, although adjustments vary," said Honda's Lori Van Valkenburg in Alliston. "All associates have the opportunity to work their entire shift and work is being provided for them."

They also have the option of taking vacation time or time without no pay with no penalty.
On Monday, she said, associates worked six hours in production in the weld department in Plant 2.

But the expectations are that everything will return to normal after that.

"We anticipate that additional production adjustments will continue after that date," the company announced in a press statement.

The car builder has reduced the number of cars it builds as a result of last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The natural disaster, which has claimed about 14,000 lives, impacted both the car builder and its suppliers in Japan.

Most of the cars supplied to the North American market are built in North America. And a majority of the parts are sourced here.

About 4,200 people work at Honda Canada's Alliston facility, which has two car-building plants and an engine plant.

The bulk of production are Honda Civics (sedan, coupe, and Si sedan & coupe) along with the Acura MDX, Acura ZDX, Acura CSX.

But some of the parts are shipped in from Japan, where several companies are struggling to get back to production. As a result, there's limited supply of parts available for car building in Alliston.

Honda's car building plants in Japan all resumed limited production last week, operating at about 50% capacity.


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