A cyber attack is enough to run out of 10,000 cars. Toyota has just discovered it in its flesh

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The fragility in the supply chain and the production of vehicles has experienced its greatest example today: all the Toyota factories in Japan They will close on Tuesday, March 1 due to a cyber attack on one of their main suppliers. With a single day of closure, the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer will stop producing more than 10,000 vehicles.


The complete closure of all Toyota plants in Japan, of which it is not yet clear if it will have to be extended to next Wednesday, March 2, comes after Kojima Industries, one of the main suppliers of plastic parts for the brand, has suffered a supposed cyberattack, as they have recognized to the newspaper Nikkei.

The alleged attack, whose origin is not clear and which prevents access to the Kojima Industries website As this article is being written, it has jeopardized Toyota’s entire supply chain in Japan, forcing a full closure of its 14 plants and 28 production lines. Company spokespersons, as Nikkei collects, have already publicly apologized

Due to a system failure at a domestic supplier (Kojima Industries), we have decided to suspend the operation of 28 lines at 14 plants in Japan on Tuesday, March 1 (both the first and second shifts). We apologize to our relevant vendors and customers for any inconvenience this may cause. We will also continue to work with our suppliers to strengthen the supply chain and do our best to deliver vehicles to our customers as quickly as possible.

More than 10,000 cars affected

The closure of all Toyota production highlights the fragility of a supply chain that is dealing with a widespread shortage of semiconductors and, in recent days, a lack of raw materials as a result of the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Until now there have been numerous manufacturers that work at half throttle, since they do not have the necessary means to operate at full capacity. However, this supposed cyberattack is a living example of the tight times that are handled in the production of vehicles.

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According to Nikki, Toyota will stop producing more than 10,000 cars in a single closing day, which represents 5% of the country’s total production. This setback comes after a difficult start to the year for the manufacturer. In January, it had to close up to seven production lines due to lack of semiconductors, and the protests by truckers in Canada in the same month of February also caused problems in the supply chain. In fact, the company was finally forced to reduce its manufacturing forecasts to 8.5 million units (previously they were 9 million) before the end of the fiscal year next March.

The fragility in the supply chain and the production of vehicles has experienced its greatest example today: all the Toyota…

The fragility in the supply chain and the production of vehicles has experienced its greatest example today: all the Toyota…

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