Japanese car manufacturer Honda has suspended production at its Swindon plant due to supplier delays.
The company said it’s temporarily shut down its factory due to shortages on parts, however work is expected to restart on Thursday.
It is the second time the plant has paused production in two months, with work first suspended in December because of a shortage of stock caused by delays in getting parts into Britain in the run-up to Brexit.
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The Japanese carmaker said today’s decision is “due to transport-related parts delays” as ports are hit by demand and widespread coronavirus restrictions.
A spokesman said: “The situation is currently being monitored with a view to restart production on Thursday 7 January.”
Trade unions have confirmed staff will remain on full pay through the closure and praised management for being so open about the shipping delays.
Honda’s Swindon site is where the current Civic and Civic Type R models are produced.
It currently employs about 3,000 people and creates up to 150,000 new cars per year, but will close permanently in July 2021.
The plant operates on a “just in time” production system, where parts arrive as and when they are needed, hence the shortage.
The carmaker joins a growing number of businesses experiencing disruption at ports in the UK amid coronavirus lockdown restrictions.