It has not been a good year for motorcycle manufacturers. The Japan earthquake in March left many manufacturers searching for parts, and just as they were getting back to full force, floods in Thailand have again hindered production.
Honda said today that production has resumed at its motorcycle and power products production subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in Bangkok) after being suspended since early October.
Honda said that its Automobilproduction subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in the Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya), has had production suspended since October 4 due to the parts supply disruptions. Honda does not know when HATC will resume production.
Honda said: "Concerning operations from today onward, Honda will make decisions while carefully monitoring the situation. Honda deeply regrets any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and requests their understanding during these challenging times. Honda and its suppliers are devoting all our efforts to minimize the impact on our customers."
Yamaha is also struggling with the flood waters in Thailand. Yamaha said that it will be able to resume production on some models next week.
Yamaha said: "We wish to begin by expressing our sincere condolences to the victims of the recent flooding in Thailand. Yamaha Motor group motorcycle manufacture and sales company Thai Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (TYM) halted operations on the afternoon of October 11 due to parts supply delays from suppliers that sustained flood damage. In order to resume production as quickly as possible, TYM and the Yamaha Motor group have worked diligently with the suppliers to restore parts supply flow and now expect to restart production operations of some models from November 21."
Yamaha also said that it was thankful that none of its employees were injured during the flooding.