By Max Clarke

Motor giant Toyota are to halt production in a further 5 plants across Europe, owing to parts shortages incurred after Japan’s catastrophic earthquake.

Employing close to 1/3 million employers worldwide, the Japanese corporation is the world's largest vehicle manufacturer by both volume and revenue.

The news follows Monday’s announcement that the world’s leading vehicle manufacturer is to reduce production in the coming months for the same reason.

The plants affected are; Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK in Burnaston, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey in Adapazari, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing France in Onnaing. The decision also applies to engine manufacturing facilities Toyota Motor Industries Poland in Jelcz-Laskowice and an Engine Plant in Deeside, Wales.

“Even though most of our parts come from European suppliers, we are experiencing gaps in our supply chain due to the situation in Japan,” explained Didier Leroy, Toyota’s European head.

The company will continue to evaluate its supply chain and make plans based on the situation.

“Our focus is dual: help Japan recover, and return to normal as soon as possible in Europe to meet a market demand that is much better than in the past two years, helped by our excellent product offering,” said Leroy.