At least four people have been killed by Typhoon Nanmadol © Stringer via Getty Images
At least four people have been killed by Typhoon Nanmadol © Stringer via Getty Images

Toyota shuts down operations as typhoon lashes Japan

21 September 2022

One of the biggest storms in recent decades has disrupted supply chains, closed Toyota factories in Japan and left 140,000 homes without electricity.

Typhoon Nanmadol killed at least four people on the southern island of Kyushu with 145mph winds.

Tokyo experienced heavy rains and had to suspend services on its Tozai metro line due to flooding. Hundreds of convenience stores and other businesses were closed by the storm.

Toyota Motor Corp said it had suspended production at 24 lines across 12 plants in the central prefecture of Aichi and the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka.

Toyota was also considering further production line suspensions in the northeastern prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi.

Last week local authorities ordered operations at Chinese major ports to halt as Muifa, one of this year’s strongest typhoons, made landfall.

Muifa closed operations at Asia’s largest shipping hub, Port of Shanghai and the country’s second busiest container port, Ningbo.

Two weeks ago storm Hinnamnor halted operations at the Chinese ports of Yangshan and Ningbo as well as South Korea’s Busan port.

Toyota said earlier this month that it planned to invest $5.6bn in Japan and the US in producing batteries for electric vehicles.

The company said it aimed to begin production between 2024 and 2026 and new production facilities would help it meet the needs of multiple customers in a fast-growing market. 

Toyota intends to increase its combined battery production capacity in Japan and the US by up to 40 gigawatts.

Around $2.5bn of the investment will go towards Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina.

“Toyota intends to continue its efforts to build a supply system that can steadily meet the growing demand for BEVs in various regions, including the supply of automotive batteries from its partners,” said the company.

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