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West Coast Dockworker Dispute has Ripple Effect on Canadian Supply Chain

(Lauren Pelley – Toronto Star)

An ongoing contract dispute involving dockworkers at seaports along the U.S. West Coast has stalled international trade and impacted production at several Ontario automotive plants.

Both of Honda’s Alliston plants were running at about 60% capacity this week said Gilles Madore, vice-president of administration for Honda Canada Manufacturing. While Madore estimated that just 10% of the components used at the plants are sourced from Asia and other overseas markets, “it only takes one component to prevent you from building a car.”

Madore said both plants will have a nonproduction day on Monday, with the plant that produces the Honda CRV returning to full production after that. The second plant, which produces the Civic, will also have nonproduction days on Tuesday, half of Thursday, and Friday. Click here to read more.