Normal output resumes at Honda's Noida plant

Honda Siel Cars India, the local venture of Japanese carmaker Honda, on Wednesday announced that it has resumed normal production at its Greater Noida factory, which had been hit by a supply shortage due to the floods in Thailand in November.

The Japanese carmaker's plant has been operating at minimal output for the last three months, only making few units of the City sedan, due to a severe shortage of components from Thailand. Current delivery backlog has mounted to about 15,000 units across its three most popular models, the City, the Jazz and the Brio.

Leading the backlog is the recently-launched small car Brio with 7,000 bookings, followed by 4,000 for the Jazz and 3,500 for the City.

The company said the entire backlog would be cleared by March-end, with production having resumed to a near normal 370 cars a day, which will be ramped up to 440 cars a day by the end of this month.

''The production of Brio is resuming from mid-February 2012, while the production of Jazz will start towards the end of February,'' the company said on Wednesday.

''We have resumed two shift operations from today. We will have production of 370 cars per day from today and from next week it will ramp up to 440 units per day.