Japanese company Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Corp have stopped the production temporarily at their unites in Malaysia due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in the country, Company said on Tuesday.
Toyota closed two plants yesterday, according to a report from Nikkei Asia. A spokesman said it would decide later when they would reopen. On the other hand, Honda also suspended production at two plants on Wednesday – one producing two-wheel vehicles and the other four-wheel drive – and plans to halt operations until MCO discontinue on January 26.
Honda also suspended production at two plants on Wednesday, as each factory makes two wheels while the other makes four wheels.
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhydin Yassin announced on Friday a “total blockade” from June 1 to 14 to curb the recent spike in coronavirus infections.
The move force to limit Covid-19 infections in the country as Malaysia experienced the third wave of the September pandemic.
Toyota Last Year Production
Last year Toyota produced about 51,000 cars in Malaysia, will stop his sales and production from the Tuesday. A spokesperson said, company adding that he had not decided when production units would resumes and start production.
Toyota Daihatsu Motor, the subsidiary that makes compact cars. This will also stop production between June 1 and 14, a spokesman said.
By 2020, the subsidiary will produce around 220,000 vehicles from Southeast Asia domestically.
A Honda spokesman said the automaker would temporarily close two factories during the blockade.
The plant, which produces about 100,000 cars and 300,000 motorcycles annually, scheduled to resume production on June 15, he said.
According to the report, Malaysia is Southeast Asia’s third largest car producer after Thailand and Indonesia.
Production in the January to November period last year fell 19% to around 430,000 cars.
Selangor, Penang, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan have placed under MCO since midnight on Wednesday.
MCO 2.0 implemented due to the spread of Covid-19, which records four-digit daily cases from the end.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhiydin Yassin said the MCO would run from two weeks to January 26.