Honda's Swindon plant to return to full production in September
The carmaker announced in April that it was switching to a two-day working week due to parts shortages following the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Honda says that the parts supply from Japan has now improved significantly and that it can now plan its UK production for the remainder of the year to recover volume and quickly respond to customers’ requirements.
Due to the firm's flexible working hours arrangements at the Swindon Plant, workers’ pay has been maintained and non-production hours have been banked.
'We are extremely pleased that our European manufacturing operations can now plan for production to return to normal,” said Ken Keir, executive vice president of Honda Motor Europe. 'We would like to thank our customers and dealers for showing great understanding during this challenging period. As production levels recover, we are fully focussed on satisfying customer demand.'
September's return to full production will follow a week's closure next for a normal holiday period. The Swindon plant will also be closed for two weeks in August for the summer break.