On June 14, Honda announced the current production situation at its plant in Ozu, Kumamoto Prefecture. The plant received significant damage in the recent Kumamoto earthquake.
All activity at the plant was stopped on the night of April 14 when the earthquake hit. On May 6, the plant restarted the production line that supplies parts for overseas production. After confirming the damage to equipment and progress of removal of rubble in areas like the heavily damaged complete car production line, it has restarted part of the main equipment framework for motorcycle production as of June 6.
The company plans to start with small-scale production and aims for a full recovery by the middle of August. It will get back to mass production in steps as the equipment is repaired.
(Translated by Greg Scott)