In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Toyota Motor Corporation has released a statement that two employees at its Takaoka plant have been tesed positive, the latest case was detected yesterday. Both employees including thirty three other employees working together have been ordered by the company to stay home.
Following the cases, Toyota immediately and thoroughly disinfected the affected work sites when the initial infection was suspected. However, following this new confirmed infection Toyota has decided tol close the building for 3 working days, from 23 - 25 March, to disinfect the workplace again and consider any additional countermeasures that may needed to prevent further spread of the virus. As a result of this shut down, Takaoka plant production line no.1 will halt production for the same period.
On the local front, UMW Toyota Motor has ordered all dealerships to close after the movement control order by the local government. The Toyota and Lexus dealerships in the country are closed but the personnel are still reachable by all customers. Toyota manufacturing plants in the country have temporarily stopped production, as well.
President of UMW Toyota Motor K.Ravindran commented, “The safety of our employees, our stakeholders and all of our customers is paramount to us. Based on direction from the government, despite the shutdown of our operations, we will continue to be available to our customers for any assistance they may require with regard to their Toyota and Lexus vehicles.”
“We are closely monitoring the situation and for the protection and safety of our staff and customers kept in mind, we will consider and make decisions guided by the direction from the Government,” added Deputy Chairman Akio Takeyama.
Although Toyota plants are temporarily out of commission, UMW Toyota Motor stated that there are no plans for any specific manufacturing suspension outside Malaysia.
Local Toyota events postponed
Due to the movement control restrictions, Toyota Malaysia has decided to cancel the upcoming fourth and final round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival and Vios Challenge, which was scheduled for 18-19 April at Sepang. All other planned marketing and on-ground promotional campaigns have been postponed until further notice.