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Toyota halts factories in Thailand as COVID hits supply chain

Disruption to sourcing stops Japanese car group's regional manufacturing hub

Annual production capacity at Toyota's three factories in Thailand is 760,000 units. (File photo by Reuters) 

BANGKOK -- Japanese auto group Toyota Motor has halted operations at its three factories in Thailand as the country's delta-variant COVID epidemic disrupts the supply of key automobile parts.

The closures underline how the pandemic is still putting the automobile supply chain under strain. The stoppage started from Wednesday (July 21) and will last at least until July 28, Nikkei has learned. Toyota said it will "assess the situation and decide" whether to resume operations from July 29.

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