Yesterday, Honda announced that production at its UK based plant in Swindon has stopped due to a shortage of parts, or more specifically the parts can’t get here due to transport issues at the ports.

The “transport-related parts delay” refers to congestion at ports in the UK at Felixstowe, Southampton and London Gateway and it isn’t just affecting car production, its everything from lockdown backlog to Christmas gifts.

Like how Volkswagen operates, Honda uses the just-in-time method which means parts need to be with them at an exact time and they do not use a stockpile to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

“The situation is currently being monitored with a view to restart production as soon as possible.”