Toyota and Honda ramping up Chinese production to accelerate recovery

April 30, 2020

Honda has seven plants in Wuhan and Guangzhou (Courtesy Nikkei Asian Review)

Japanese auto companies will accelerate production in China from May, reports Nikkei Asian Review, as the country recovers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Toyota Motor and Honda Motor will each reportedly increase manufacturing by 10% in May, compared to the same month in 2019. 

This increase in production levels is expected to help make up for manufacturing capacity lost during factory shutdowns earlier this year. Toyota operates four Chinese assembly plants, accounting for just under 20% of its global production. In February, its Chinese sales saw a 70% reduction due to lockdown, but recovered in April to exceed figures from April 2019. 

“Demand for vehicles is surging as Chinese consumers prioritise safety,” stated a Toyota executive in Nikkei Asian Review. “The recovery is quite astonishing.”

It was also reported that Nissan Motor will increase production, but its manufacturing levels will remain 20% lower than those of May 2019. German automakers are also seeing recovery in China, with Daimler and BMW said to have recovered to a level only 7% and 13% lower than their levels at the same time in 2019. Volkswagen announced its sales were 36% lower in March, but reopened all dealerships in April.

Recent issue of Powder Metallurgy review - your go-to resource to stay updated on the world of powder metallurgy and metal powders

In the latest issue of PM Review…

PM Review Spring 2023

Download PDF

Extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news coverage, and the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

  • GKN Powder Metallurgy: A strategic vision for the future of permanent magnets for EVs
  • Building trust in the Powder Metallurgy industry: The role of standardisation and an update on recent work by ISO/TC 119
  • High-volume powder production for Additive Manufacturing: SMS group’s continuous metal powder production process
  • Development of enhanced-performance PM brake pads for high-speed trains by Beijing Tianyishangjia New Material Corp., Ltd.
  • The START project: Creating a sustainable supply chain for green energy harvesting products by Powder Metallurgy
  • World PM2022: Reviewing three innovative methods for metal powder production

The latest news from the world of metal powders, delivered to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of PM Review, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Join our community

From the industry…

Discover our magazine archive…

The free-to-access PM Review magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of Powder Metallurgy from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading PM part manufacturers, metal powder manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.


Browse the archive


Looking for PM production equipment, metal powders, R&D support and more?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our
advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of PM Review magazine.

  • Powders & materials
  • Powder process, classification & analysis
  • PM products
  • Atomisers & powder production technology
  • Compaction presses, tooling & ancillaries
  • Sintering equipment & ancillaries
  • Post-processing
  • Consulting & toll sintering
Download PDF
Share via
Copy link