Honda extends motorcycle factory shut-down

Published: 21 March 2011

Honda has extended by another four days a shut down of the Kumamoto factory as shortages of parts caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami continue to be assessed.

It seems parts supply from factories in the affected areas is what is causing the extension of the shut-down as the firm attempts to make longer term plans.

The long term impact could be delays in new motorcycles although the main motorcycle plant is on the southern Japanese island it seems parts supply could affect the production levels even though the main factory escaped unscathed.

Honda’s announcement states: “Considering the current situation of the nationwide recovery efforts in Japan, Honda had previously announced the suspension of production until March 20. Today, Honda made the decision to extend the suspension of production of finished units at the following plants until March 23, 2011: for automobiles, Sayama Plant at Saitama Factory and Suzuka Factory and for motorcycles at the Kumamoto Factory.

Concerning operations from March 24 on, Honda will make decisions based on the status of the recovery of parts supply as well as Japanese society as a whole. We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and request their understanding during these challenging times.”