Toyota to resume normal operations at Guangzhou in China next week

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a face mask pulls a trolley as she crosses the road near showrooms of car dealerships, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing, China February 27, 2020. Picture taken February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Yilei Sun

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T said on Friday that production at its vehicle plant in Guangzhou, China, would return to normal on Monday, after a month-long output suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Japanese automaker’s plant in southeast China will resume its second shift, returning to production levels from before the outbreak accelerated last month. The plant, which produces the Camry sedan and the Yaris compact hatchback models, resumed its first shift earlier this month.

Operations at two other Toyota plants, in Changchun, Jilin Province, and Chengdu, Sichuan Province, have also returned to normal, while its plant in Tianjin is only operating a single shift, compared with double shifts at the start of the year.

Global automakers continue to grapple with production in China due to logistical delays and limited workforces as the country’s manufacturing sector slowly recovers from coronavirus-related stoppages, which have disrupted the global supply chain.

Reporting by Maki Shiraki; Editing by Alexander Smith