DEARBORN (WWJ) – Parts shortages from Japan may cause Ford Motor Company’s Asia-Pacific operation to slow or stop production later this month.

Ford has had to temporarily halt operations in the U.S. and Europe because of shortages, but this was the first word of possible production cuts in Asia.

Ford doesn’t have any production facilities in Japan but, like other automakers, does source parts from suppliers that were hurt by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Ford expects its operations will be affected beginning the last week of April and into May.
It didn’t say which factories or for how long, but said it doesn’t expect any production disruption to have a big impact on the company’s overall financial results. It is pursuing other sources for some of its supply.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.