Toyota’s car plant in Valenciennes closed its doors on Tuesday, December 22, early in the afternoon. Some of the spare parts it uses come from the UK.
The 5,000 Toyota employees in Valenciennes (North) are on vacation ahead of time. They had no choice. “More parts, for now is at a standstill. We have no visibility over time, over time“, Testifies an employee with France Télévisions. Production could resume next week if parts arrive. They are for the moment in Great Britain, on trucks blocked by the closure of the border.
Not enough visibility?
Toyota usually receives seven loads a day: heating blocks, air conditioners or even electrical harnesses. “It’s not trivial, but it’s heartbreaking, says Jean-Christophe Deville, vice-president of the Toyota Onnaing administration. When you have a factory with 5,000 people, which operates with such success … […] We don’t do it with a happy heart.“The factory has only one day in advance of stocks of spare parts, a strategy denounced by the unions, who wish”ask the management to have a more distant visibility”On the stock.