Honda says to halve British output after Japan quake

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Honda is to temporarily halve car output at its British plant from next week because of a shortage of parts from Japan in the wake of the Asian country's recent earthquake, it said on Wednesday.

The change at the plant in Swindon, western England, will slash the current daily output of 638 cars.

Most of the parts for cars produced at Honda's British arm, HUM, are sourced in Europe.

"However, for global efficiency, a number of parts continue to be supplied from Japan. The interruption of supply of these parts will impact production activity at HUM," Honda said in a statement.

"HUM production volume will continue at approximately 50 percent of the planned weekly level from 11 April," the company added. The Swindon facility employs 3,000 workers.

© 2011 AFP

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