March 31 2009.

Suzuki has announced that it will shut down some operations at domestic motorcycle and auto factories for two to eight extra days next month.

The motorcycle and automobile manufacturer plans to shut down production lines for export models at the Sagara factory, in Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture, for five extra days. While this is half the extra idle days of March, "The output level will be unchanged from March because April has fewer business days due to national holidays," a company official said.

Outboard motor production lines at the Toyokawa factory, in Aichi Prefecture, will shut down for eight extra days. Sport utility vehicle production lines at the Iwata factory, in Shizuoka Prefecture, will be shut down the longest among the auto production lines, with six extra days off.

Although Suzuki's minicars have been weathering the domestic new-car sales slump better than most others, its exports, which center on subcompacts, have been sluggish. In response, the company began cutting production at the start of the year.

In addition, Suzuki began shutting down non-manufacturing operations, excluding sales and R&D, for three extra days a month in February. The shutdowns, which affect 6,000 employees, will continue in April.

Source: The Nikkei