The Hungarian unit of Japanese carmaker Suzuki is cutting the number of shifts at its plant in Esztergom, near Budapest, from two to one as supplies dwindle because of the catastrophe in Japan, Magyar Suzuki spokeswoman Viktoria Ruska said in Tuesday's issue of Napi Gazdasag.

Magyar Suzuki will operate with one shift until existing inventories can be replaced, Ms Ruska said. At present, "we can see about three weeks ahead", she added.

Orders at the plant are "uninterrupted", she said.