The suspension of production at Japanese automakers' plants in Thailand has continued due to continued flooding in the region.
An industrial complex in the province of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, has been flooded due to heavy rain, halting production at a number of automotive related factories.
With local parts distribution networks disrupted, manufacturing sites far from flooded areas also suspended operations.
Water levels in the flooded areas have not dropped while evacuation orders remain in effect, raising fears that suspensions may be further extended.
Honda Motor Co., whose plant in the province is still submerged, decided to continue to suspend operations in the province until Oct. 14. Honda's motorcycle plant in Bangkok will not resume operations until the same day, due to a shortage of parts.
Other major automakers' plants have not been directly affected by the floods but they have also halted production because of a shortage of parts. Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend plant operations in the country until Oct. 15 but started shipping in parts from Japan that its Thai plants have run short of.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will suspend operations in Thailand from the night of Oct. 13 through Oct. 15. Isuzu Motors Ltd., a leading truck maker, will do the same until Oct. 14.
Nissan Motor Co. will continue operations at its local sites until Oct. 13 but has not decided whether to keep its plants in operation after that. Nissan is also considering procuring parts from outside of Thailand.
Mazda Motor Corp. will continue producing passenger vehicles in the country until Oct. 18, but will suspend operations during evening hours. Mazda will also decide, day to day, whether to continue manufacturing its commercial vehicles based on parts supply conditions.
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