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Honda halves production at Swindon through lack of parts

Honda Civiv Hybrid

Honda is to halve production at its factory in Swindon from Monday because of a shortage of parts coming from Japan.

Honda said that the 3,000 workers would remain on full pay.

It was confident that the 22,500 fewer cars that would be built as a result could be made up by the year end.

Many carmakers have struggled because of shutdowns to plants affected by the earthquake and tsunami in north east Japan.

Honda has just resumed manufacturing at its Japanese plants, but has now said that production of component parts and vehicles would only be at 50% of the plotted level.

It announced last month that it would resume production and shipment of component parts in Japan on 4 April and resume car production at its plants at Suzuka and Sayama on 11 April.

The company said that the vast majority of the parts used in Swindon are made in Europe.

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