Honda halts UK output amid shipping delays

London, December 9

Car maker Honda has temporarily halted production at its plant in England after shipping delays linked to the Covid pandemic and preparations for Brexit left it with a shortage of parts.

The company said it was forced to make the decision because “transport-related” delays left it short of parts.

The factory relies on a “just in time” delivery system, in which parts arrive as they are needed for assembly and not stored locally, increasing efficiency. “The situation is currently being monitored with a view to restart production as soon as possible,” Honda said.

The disruption of international trade caused by the pandemic is triggering delays as empty containers clog UK ports. — AP

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