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Magyar Suzuki restarts second shift

Japanese carmaker Suzuki has restarted the second shift at its plant in the Hungarian city of Esztergom, Magyar Suzuki communications director Viktória Ruska told MTI on Monday.

The plant has operated with just one shift for almost a month because of a shortage of small electronic parts from Japanese suppliers hit by the earthquake and tsunami. Now it is turning out a daily 850 cars. No workers were laid off and all were paid while the shift was shut down, Ruska said.

Suzuki has invested more than HUF 280bn at its plant in Esztergom since establishing it in 1991. The plant employs 3,500 people, but several thousand more work for suppliers. The 1,500,000th car rolled off the plant's assembly line in 2008. This year, Magyar Suzuki plans to make 170,000 cars. The plant has capacity to turn out 300,000 vehicles a year.