Toyota Motor Corp. resumed production Monday at its factory in Guangzhou, China, after a key auto parts affiliate had fully restarted its plant in the same area following a strike, officials of the automaker said.
Toyota’s Guangzhou factory was affected for most of the previous week by a labor dispute at parts manufacturer Denso Corp.’s local factory, at which the strike began Monday and ended Friday after an agreement between management and workers, a Denso spokesman said.
Toyota halted operations Tuesday to Friday at its Guangzhou plant, which makes four models, including the Camry, because it could not procure parts linked to its electric control system.
Due to the four-day suspension, production for 4,700 cars was affected.
A Toyota representative said the automaker is thinking about how to recover the losses in production.
Despite being dogged by strikes in China, however, Toyota and Honda Motor Co. led Japanese carmakers’ global output in May thanks to rising demand in Asia and the U.S.
Toyota upped output 28 percent from a year earlier to 568,004 vehicles, the company said. Its exports rose 15 percent to 115,280 vehicles.
Demand for vehicles recovered in the U.S. and Japan from a year earlier, when carmakers scaled back output to reduce inventory amid the recession. Car sales also continued climbing in China, the world’s largest auto market, where industrywide deliveries of passenger cars, trucks and buses rose 26 percent in May to 885,800.
“The North American market will continue to recover in the second half of this year, while the emerging markets such as India, China and Brazil will continue to grow,” said Satoru Takada, an analyst at TIW Inc. in Tokyo. “It will probably take two or three years for global demand to recover” to the levels prior to the global recession.
Output at Honda increased 43 percent to 278,543 vehicles, the company said.
Nissan said production of its cars and light trucks rose 42 percent to 309,287 units.
Auto sales in the U.S. jumped 19 percent last month as consumer confidence rose to its highest level since March 2008, based on the Conference Board’s index. Toyota’s deliveries in the country rose 6.7 percent while Honda’s increased 19 percent and Nissan’s climbed 24 percent.
Toyota’s production in China rose 18 percent last month, but Honda’s output there dropped 16 percent.
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