MOSCOW (MRC) --Toyota Manufacturing Canada Inc has resumed production at all three of its lines in Ontario, said the company.
The Canadian automaker halted production after eight employees at a major supplier tested positive for COVID-19. The supplier, Toyotetsu, halted production the week of 26 April.
The automotive industry is a major global consumer of petrochemicals which contribute more than a third of the raw material costs of an average vehicle, and production disruptions could severely weigh on demand. The auto industry has been dealing with supply issues amid the reopening of the economy following lockdown measures related to the pandemic.
The main issue has been a shortage of semiconductors, but winter storm knocked out many plants in the US Gulf region which also led to shortages of some chemicals and created other supply chain issues.
As it was written earlier, Toyota Motor Corp. plans to overhaul its Canadian plant to begin manufacturing an additional Lexus SUV model. The automaker will produce the Lexus NX crossover, in gasoline and hybrid versions, beginning in 2022 at the plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Fred Volf, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
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