Honda has suspended production at its UK car plant after transport-related delays to the delivery of parts.
The Japanese car maker told workers that it would have to pause work today, but would restart as soon as possible.
Honda’s factory in Swindon, where it makes the Civic model, operates on a “just in time” basis designed to increase efficiency and avoid stockpiling parts.
It means those parts only arrive just when they are needed – but also that delays in delivery risk holding up production.
As well as transport delays, which is being seen for all importers by way of sea containers, shipping costs have gone through the roof.
Container shipping prices have raised to around 8,000 dollars compared to 2,000 just 4 weeks ago.
“The situation is currently being monitored with a view to re-start production as soon as possible,” the company added.
A spokesman was unable to give any further detail when asked about the nature of the delays.
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