Honda to Slash Production by 40% at Japan Plants on Supply Shortages

Japanese automotive giant Honda stated on Thursday that it will cut production by up to 40% in Japan early next month due to ongoing supply chain and logistical difficulties.

Its assembly factory in Saitama prefecture will slash production by around 40% early next month, while two lines at its Suzuka factory in western Japan will lower output by roughly 30% in early September.

The Japanese automaker also announced that its plant in the Chinese city of Chongqing will stay closed this week due to the local government’s extension of an order to reduce power use and suspend manufacturing activities.

Earlier this year, Honda revealed that as part of a radical restructure leading to an all-electric future, the Sayama plant, considered the company’s “mother factory,” will be closed permanently within the next two to three years.

Sayama plant opened in 1964 and has produced iconic Honda cars such as the Civic with its ground-breaking low-emission engine and the Accord, the company’s top-of-the-line sedan.