Honda Swindon Plat Returns to Normal Production This September

The fact that following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the majority of automakers have had to idle or cut short their activities, is no longer a novelty. So is the case with Honda, whose British division had to resort to parts supply interruption and reduced production levels at the Swindon plant.

However, the workers at the respective facility will return to their normal daily production plan during September. Due to the flexible working hours arrangements which exist at the Swindon Plant, associates’ pay has been maintained and non-production hours have been banked.

Associates and suppliers have all been affected by this situation and have made efforts during this period to make this recovery possible. With parts supply from Japan improving significantly, Honda UK will now plan production for the remainder of the year to recover volume and respond to customers’ requirements.

“I am proud of all of our Associates as they have shown great flexibility and commitment during this difficult time,” said Andy Piatek, Director of Manufacturing at Honda in Swindon.

“We are extremely pleased that our European manufacturing operations can now plan for production to return to normal,” said Ken Keir, Executive Vice President of Honda Motor Europe. “We would like to thank our customers and dealers for showing great understanding during this challenging period. As production levels recover, we are fully focused on satisfying customer demand”.

The Honda plant in Swidon produces the Civic, CR-V and Jazz models. In fact, the Jazz has taken the first place in the supermini sector for the eighth year running in the latest annual customer satisfaction survey by JD Power.
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