Suzuki Schedules Factory Shutdowns in April

Suzuki Motor Corp. (SMC) says it plans to shut down some operations at motorcycle and auto factories in Japan for up to eight days in April.

The manufacturer plans to shut down production lines for export models at the Sagara factory, in Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture, for five days. The Sagara factory assembles passenger car and automobile engines, does machining and serves as a foundry of engine components.

The Toyokawa factory, in Aichi Prefecture, will shut down for eight extra days. The factory assembles motorcycles and outboard motors.

SMC began scheduling non-operating days at its plants in Japan in February. Suzuki produced 17,519 cycles in Japan in February, down from 44,202 units in Feb. 2007.

SMC’s consolidated sales for the third quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008, were ¥2.335 trillion ($24.141 billion), down 9.5 percent from ¥2.580 trillion during the third quarter of 2007. In Suzuki’s motorcycle and ATV business, third quarter sales were ¥372.55 billion ($3.852 billion), down 14 percent from ¥433.70 billion during the same three-month period in the previous year.

SMC ends its business year March 31.

- Submitted by Guido Ebert