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Toyota to reduce operations in Walbrzych due to weak car sales in Europe


2012-02-21



Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) announced plans to reduce output and cut about 200 temporary jobs at its factory of gearboxes and engines in Walbrzych effective from May, in response to lower orders from Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile (TPCA), the Japanese carmaker’s joint-venture with France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen in Kolin in the Czech Republic.

TPCA, which is the biggest customer of the Walbrzych plant accounting for 60% of its output, has been forced to slash production of vehicles to adapt to falling demand for new cars in Europe. As a result, TMMP’s plant in Walbrzych will reduce operations to a two-shift schedule in a few weeks’ time.

TMMP says the adjustment is temporary and permanent jobs will not be affected, though nearly 200 workers will be assigned new tasks. The group believes the launch of new models should help revive European sales in the latter part of the year.

The Walbrzych plant employs about 1,700 permanent workers.



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