February 14 2010.

Yamaha is reported to have 'restructured' production at a number of plants in Japan and north America and suspended production at a plant in Italy. Other measures include 'voluntary' early retirement for around 800 workers.

After motorcycle production fell to 160,000 units in 2009, about half of the 2008 figure, the company forecast last summer that 2010 production would rise to 240,000 units. It has now revised that forecast to 190,000 units.

In line with other manufacturers, Yamaha is pinning its hopes on expanding markets in the far east for low cost models and cutting costs by sourcing more parts in China and India.