Toyota Motor Thailand Co Ltd (TMT) has announced it would commence second shifts for the assembly lines at the Samut Prakarn and Banpho, Chachoengsao provinces, while the Gateway plant, also in Chachoengsao, we re-start its operation on May 25.
Toyota said it recently halted the production of the assembly lines based on the market demand in Thailand and export countries (which has fallen due to the Covid-19 pandemic), as well as global parts supply situation, among other factors.
“We also hoped to support the government’s efforts and directions in controlling the spread of the virus, by reducing the number of commuting employees during that period. During the halt, the company has consistently maintained and improved the production line, employees and parts preparation systems to ensure that the reopening of all Toyota’s three assembly plants will maintain their highest manufacturing standard and quality control as they have been in the past,” Michinobu Sugata, TMT president said.
Sugata said besides the complete preparation of the production system, Toyota reopened the assembly plants under the guidelines of the Department of Disease Control of Thailand, Ministry of Public Health.
“Therefore, we have implemented strict preventive measures in the company such as increasing cleaning rounds in the operation area, keeping social distancing between employees, having employees check their health condition and be kept sanitized consistently, reducing surface touching in the plant and office, increasing bus service to reduce crowding during travel, issuing measures for rest area, cafeteria and restroom and requiring most employees to work from home,” he added.