Toyota Motor Corp. said its vehicle-production plant in southern China will remain idled through the weekend over a strike at a parts supplier, but operations on the factory’s two assembly lines are expected to resume as early as Monday.
The parts factory that caused the Japanese auto maker to suspend production Tuesday near Guangzhou is “almost resolved,” said Toyota spokesman Hitoshi Yokoyama, and the supplier has restarted production, albeit on a limited basis. The resumption should allow Toyota to restart production “as early as Monday morning,” he said. The plant normally doesn’t operate on weekends.
The labor unrest at Toyota’s supplier—Denso (Guangzhou Nansha) Co., which is wholly owned by Japan’s Denso Corp.—added to a wave of labor disputes for wage increases, among other demands, across China in recent months.