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Wednesday
Sep142011

Toyota's North American Production Back to 100%

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- For the first time since the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan earlier this year, Toyota has returned to normal production levels in the U.S.

The Japanese automaker announced Tuesday that its North American vehicle production is back to 100 percent, well ahead of schedule.  The company had predicted it would return to full capacity by November or December of this year.

Toyota was forced to cut back production after the March 11 disasters in Japan caused a shortage of Japanese-made parts.

The automaker makes 12 vehicles in North America, including the Camry, Corolla, Tacoma, RAV 4 and Highlander.

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Wednesday
Aug242011

Tell Your Boss! Web Surfing Makes for More Productive Workers

Kim Steele/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Surfing the Web at work might not make your boss happy, but it could make you a more productive worker, according to new research.

Taking intermittent breaks from tasks to poke around the Web and visit favorite websites can help people focus more when they go back to working, according to a study presented earlier this month at the Academy of Management conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The research, which was done at the National University of Singapore, found that people who browsed the Internet for 10 minutes in between periods of work were more productive and engaged and reported less boredom and mental exhaustion than those who were not allowed an Internet-browsing break.

The researchers also pointed out that Web surfing -- or what they term "cyberloafing"-- is more restorative than other workplace distractions, including e-mailing, texting or talking with co-workers, which affect a worker's ability to concentrate because they require more engagement.

The study found a high correlation between upbeat mental states and Web browsing, and, conversely, a high correlation between negative mental states and e-mailing.

A second study by the researchers found that employers that try to crack down on employee Web surfing may accidentally inspire more browsing, not less.

"Rather than reducing cyberloafing, excessive monitoring increases its frequency, as employees invariably view such policies as a form of mistrust," wrote the study's authors, Don J.Q. Chena and Vivien K.G. Lim.

Chen and Lim advise companies to strike a middle ground between work and Web browsing, but limit access to personal e-mailing at the workplace.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Toyota: Production at Japanese Plants to Return to 90% in June

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Toyota will be ramping up production in Japan to near full-capacity levels as early as June, according to the BBC.

Paul Nolasco, a spokesman for the Japanese automaker, told the BBC on Tuesday that the company now expects production at its Japanese factories to be carried out at 90 percent capacity during this month.

This latest prediction differs from the company's previous assessment on May 11, when Toyota said its factories would operate at 70 percent capacity by June.

Toyota was forced to stop manufacturing vehicles in Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami struck. The company began resuming vehicle production at all of its Japanese plants on April 18.

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Wednesday
May112011

Toyota: North American Production to Return to 70% by June

PRNewsFoto/Toyota Media Relations(TOKYO) -- Toyota says it will boost North American production earlier than it had previously expected following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated parts of Japan, knocking out some key production facilities and delaying exports.

“Beginning in June, overall North American production will reach approximately 70 percent of normal levels, up from approximately 30 percent in May,” the company said in a Wednesday press release, citing a an “improvement in parts availability from Japan.”

The company said it hopes to return to full production by “late this year.”

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Friday
Apr222011

Toyota: Normal Production Not Expected Until End of Year

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Toyota announced Friday that global production, which was disrupted after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan last month, won't return to normal until November or December of this year.

The Japanese automaker came to the decision after reviewing how its suppliers were affected by the March 11 disasters.

Toyota also said global production will pick in Japan as early as July and in North America as soon as August.  Japanese production plants are currently operating at half capacity, while North American plants are running at 30 percent capacity due to parts shortages.

The company said, along with obtaining parts from its suppliers, it will consider doing so from other suppliers to help ease the shortage.  Toyota estimates that there are 150 parts -- mainly electronic, rubber and paint-related -- that are currently affecting the production of new vehicles.

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Wednesday
Apr202011

Toyota Cutting Back Production in North American Through June

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(ERLANGER, Ky.) -- Toyota announced Tuesday it plans to cut back on production at its North American plants through early June due to parts shortages stemming from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.

The Japanese automaker said it will continue to suspend production on Mondays and Fridays -- a schedule the company started on April 15 -- through June 3.  During that time span, production at the North American plants will operate at half capacity on the days they are open -- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Production will also be suspended for the week of May 23 in Canada and for the week of May 30 in the U.S. to observe the Victoria Day holiday and the Memorial Day holiday, respectively.

Toyota said no layoffs are planned during this adjustment in production, and that it will determine its production rate beyond June 3 at a later date.

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Monday
Apr182011

Toyota Resumes Vehicle Production at All Japanese Plants

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Toyota resumed vehicle production at all of its Japanese plants Monday, just over a month after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan forced the company to shut down most of its operations in the country.

The Japanese automaker said it will build cars through April 27, after which production facilities will go on their annual spring holiday break until May 10.  The plants will operate at about half capacity leading up to the break and between May 10 and June 3.  Production rates after June 3 will be determined after the automaker assesses its parts supply.

Toyota was forced to stop manufacturing vehicles in Japan after the quake struck.  Most recently, the automaker had resumed producing repair and replacement parts in the country.

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Friday
Apr082011

Toyota to Resume Vehicle Production at All Plants in Japan

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- After having to shut down most of its operations in Japan due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Toyota announced Friday that it will begin producing vehicles again at all of its Japanese plants on April 18.

The Japanese automaker said it will build cars through April 27, after which production facilities will go on their annual spring holiday break until May 10.  The plants will operate at about half capacity leading up to the break, and post-holiday production will be determined after the automaker assesses its parts supply.

Toyota was forced to stop manufacturing vehicles in Japan after the quake struck.  Most recently, the automaker had resumed producing repair or replacement parts in the country.

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Tuesday
Apr052011

Toyota Denies Reports It's Shutting Down American Plants in April

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite reports that Toyota will close down all of its North American plants later this month, the Japanese automaker has denied these claims, saying that no such decision has been made.

In a statement released Monday, Toyota said, "Contrary to recent headlines, nothing has changed from our update from March 23 regarding our North American operations."

That update stated production interruptions at its 13 North American plants are "likely" but that it was "too early to predict" where the interruptions will take place and how long they will last.

Toyota added that it continues to assess their supply base in Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Tuesday
Mar292011

Subaru Curbing Car Production in US; Stocks Down Overseas

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. car manufacturing is continuing to take a hit from the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, with Subaru being the latest automaker to face production troubles.

Facing a parts shortage, Subaru of America now says it will slow down production at its plant in Lafayette, Indiana.  Subaru joins Toyota and other Japanese car makers who have already considered or acted on curbing production in the U.S. in response to a disruption in business operations in Japan.

Over in the stock market, shares of Japanese automakers have especially faced selling pressure with production problems.  Averages in Asia, as well as in Europe, are down Monday.

Meanwhile, U.S. stock futures are up Monday after a modest loss the day before.  The Dow fell 23 points, while the Nasdaq dropped 12 points and the S&P went down by 4.

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