A different approach to a slowdown
Honda to cut back production, but workers will focus on safety, quality
Like many other manufacturers, Honda is slowing production this summer on some of its less-efficient vehicles. The typical August slowdown in production is more acute this year with rising gas prices sending drivers scurrying for more fuel-efficient cars.
So it came as no surprise that Honda announced it would scale back production of its Odyssey and Pilot models at the Lincoln, AL facility. However, as the Birmingham Business Journal reported, that doesn’t mean layoffs, or even idle workers. A spokesman for Honda said production workers will be offered the chance to use vacation time. Take time off with no pay and no attendance penalty, or come to work to perform non-production tasks. The spokesman also said employees would use the downtime to improve its safety and quality programs.
"Our associates who choose to come to work during these non-production shifts will use this time for additional training in safety and quality as well as maintenance," the spokesman said. "In addition, many associates will make preparations for the Ridgeline pick up that will soon be built in Lincoln."
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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