Another Japanese carmaker is suffering the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, and operations in manufacturing plants across various regions will be set for suspension yet again.
Mazda Motor Corporation, in its efforts to help control the situation as well as in prioritizing the safety of its employees, is adjusting production in its facilities across the globe. Its official statement reads: “Mazda plans to suspend production for 13 days and operate day-time shifts only for eight days at the Hiroshima Plant and Hofu Plant during the period commencing March 28 through to April 30. Mazda intends to transfer part of the production originally scheduled for this period to the second quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2021 or later while monitoring how the situation develops. During this period, administrative operations will be undertaken as usual.”
There were mentions of the suspension of operations in Mazda’s Mexico and Thailand plants as well. Naturally, we wondered whether or not this would adversely affect the operations of Mazda Philippines, so we turned to company president and CEO Steven Tan.
“The answer is absolutely not. We have been building several months’ worth of inventory gradually since November last year when we introduced the new CX-8 and CX-30. Today, we assured the dealers that they will not face any shortages when normal business resumes following the quarantine period,” said Tan.
So, there you have it. If you’re worried that the delivery of that brand-new Mazda you ordered will be delayed once the dust settles and dealerships in the Philippines reopen, then don’t be.
In the meantime, you can check out our previous stories on the COVID-19 situation here to keep yourself up to speed. For further updates, watch this space.