Wednesday, 20th May 2009
In Business In Japan,
Mazda ends production cuts
Mazda has announced that it plans to resume full production at its Japanese plants from next month.
The carmaker had implemented output cuts at its home factories in response to falling sales brought about by the global economic slowdown.
However, there are signs that the situation may be improving in the automotive sector thanks to moves by governments in Europe to support the industry.
With demand for its vehicles likely to rise in Europe, Mazda has decided to cancel plans for a number of two-day shutdowns at its Hiroshima plant during June and July, as well as ending short-time working at some of its other manufacturing facilities.
There has, however, been some bad news for the Japanese manufacturing sector this week, as Toshiba announced that it is to stop making mobile phones in the country.
The electronics giant said it took the decision to outsource production overseas after demand for handsets in Japan dropped.
Written by Susan Ballion
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