Toyota said it will suspend production on all three Canadian production lines on Thursday as it is ongoing Ambassador Bridge The blockade incorporates existing constraints related to supply chain, weather and COVID-19 interruption.
Solidarity blocks with the so-called “Freedom Convoy” at the bridge connecting Windsor, Ont. to Detroit, Mich. is extending into its fourth day, hampering what is usually the busiest land border route in North America and causing delays at other ports of entry.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada spokesman Michael Bouilane said in an email to Global News on Thursday that supply shortages are affecting production at North American plants and specifically said Disruption at the Ambassador Bridge is affecting manufacturing in Canada and Kentucky.
Bouilane confirmed production was halted at Toyota’s three Ontario assembly lines: two in Cambridge and one in Woodstock.
While he said he expected Toyota’s production disruption through the end of the week, the automaker “does not anticipate any impact on employment at this time.”
The temporary production shutdown comes as automakers grapple with other supply chain challenges related to the pandemic, including semiconductor shortages that have plagued the new car market.
Ford Canada, company briefly discontinued at the Windsor engine plant on Wednesday, spokeswoman Rose Pao said in an email that its facilities in both Windsor and Oakville, Ont. ran at “reduced capacity” on Thursday.
Honda Canada spokesman John Bordignon also said that the carmarker’s facility in Alliston, Ont. was briefly closed “due to delays at the border” but was back up and running on Thursday.
“We continue to monitor shipping disruptions between Canada and the US and will adjust production schedules as necessary. He said by email.
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General Motors Canada confirmed in a statement that its plants were still operating on Thursday, although one of the company’s US facilities closed its production line on Wednesday due to a partial shortage.
Stellantis, the maker of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, also said its lines were up and running on Thursday.
The Canadian Freight Alliance has called on all levels of government to end the blockade that has disrupted borders and vital trade routes.
Stephen Laskowski, president of the Canadian Transport Union, said: “Many of those are protesting having their lives disrupted by certain policies, and ironically disrupting their lives. their fellow Canadians”.
“Whether it’s a dedicated truck driver who is stuck at the border and can’t get home to his family or a factory worker coming home from work because vital products and raw materials aren’t delivered, the only people blocked he said.
– with files from the Canadian Press
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