Production shutdown began in Cologne Toyota on February 1, 2023 due to a lack of components. The picture shows an empty production hall.
Kolín – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic, based in Kolín, will resume production today after an almost four-week shutdown, but it will be limited. Due to a shortage of components, the production lines stopped on January 31. According to the car company's spokesman Tomáš Paroubek, further restrictions should apply to some Monday and Friday shifts from March.
The reason for the shutdown was the failure of subcontracts for the Czech supplier caused by the covid epidemic in China at the end of last year. The automaker lacked components for both models that are produced in Cologne, the Aygo and the Yaris. In normal mode, they produce approximately 1,000 of them per day.
According to the collective agreement, employees will receive a reward of 80 percent of their average salary for the downtime. Among other things, the contract guarantees so-called minus shifts, which allow employees to schedule their work according to the working time account. Employees then have to work these shifts when there are enough parts. However, most of them were not at home all the time, for example they completed training and license renewal, some took a vacation.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic employs approximately 3,600 people in Kolín. They work in three shifts from Monday to Friday. The carmaker produces roughly 1,000 cars a day in normal mode. Last year, after two weaker years, it increased production by roughly a quarter, producing over 202,000 cars.