Toyota Suspends Production in Brazil to Fight Coronavirus

Hülya Karahan: Production Editor

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Toyota announced on Friday (20) that it will stop production at all of its plants in Brazil due to the coronavirus pandemic. Activities will be suspended from next Tuesday (24th) and the return is scheduled for April 6th.

All about 6 thousand employees of the manufacturer in the country are on leave, either for remote work, such as employees in the administrative areas, or collective vacations, in the case of workers in functions that do not allow distance work.

The measures affect the four Toyota plants in Brazil, located in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sorocaba, Indaiatuba and Porto Feliz, all in the state of Sao Paulo.

According to a statement from the brand, the stoppage is due both to the prevention of the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19, and to the “picture of uncertainties in the Brazilian market in the short term”, in addition to logistical and supply difficulties for parts and supplies.

In addition to suspending vehicle production and face-to-face work, Toyota also closed the Visitor Centers at the São Bernardo do Campo, Sorocaba and Indaiatuba units by the end of March and canceled trips for employees and executives.

Here is the staetment from brand:

Toyota do Brasil will suspend production in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic

With the acceleration of the current coronavirus pandemic in Brazil and its social and economic impact, Toyota updates the status of its operations

First, Toyota offers its condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones around the world since the beginning of this pandemic, as well as sympathizing with those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, it expresses sincere respect for health professionals and government officials who are working day and night to combat this pandemic.

We make decisions based on the safety of our employees and other stakeholders and in consideration of the people currently dealing with this outbreak, in addition to following the guidelines of local authorities.

In this sense, Toyota do Brasil informs that it will suspend the production of its four industrial plants in the country as of March 24, with a return scheduled for April 6.

The shutdown is due to mitigate the health risks of its employees and their families, avoiding the maximum agglomerations and circulation of people, associated with the uncertainty of the Brazilian market in the short term, in addition to difficulties in the logistics and supply chain. , which are expected to worsen in the coming weeks.

The affected industrial units are located in the State of Sao Paulo:

– Sao Bernardo do Campo – production of spare parts and engines;

– Sorocaba – production of the Etios and Yaris models in hatchback and sedan versions;

– Indaiatuba – production of the Corolla medium sedan;

– Porto Feliz – engine production for the Etios, Yaris and Corolla models (2.0L Dynamic Force engine).

Processes that are important to society, such as the continuous supply of spare parts for vehicles, including those used by public agencies, will continue as normal.

Other measures

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil, Toyota has already carried out a series of actions in order to alert, guide and mitigate the effects of the pandemic on its employees and their families. Among them are:

Health Guide – explanatory material about what COVID-19 is, how it is transmitted, which symptoms and treatments, hygiene tips etc .;

Visitor Centers – Visitor Centers located at the Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sorocaba and Indaiatuba units are closed until the end of March. After that month, the situation will be assessed;

Travel procedures – trips in general must be canceled or postponed, as well as visitors from executives coming from outside Brazil;

Remote work – Toyota put as many employees in the administrative areas as possible into remote work, being mandatory for people from risk groups, such as diabetics, hypertensive patients, people with heart problems, asthmatics, pregnant women, over 60 years old and all immunocompromised .

Toyota will continue to act by assessing the situation from moment to moment, following the guidelines of local authorities and, above all, putting the health and well-being of its employees and their families first.

 

 

 

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Toyota announced on Friday (20) that it will stop production at all of its plants in Brazil due to the coronavirus pandemic. Activities will be suspended from next Tuesday (24th) and the return is scheduled for April 6th.

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