Kawasaki, Japan-based Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC), parent of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.(MFTA),has announced it will resume production of vehicles at the company’s main Kawasaki plant on April 20.

The global OEM said this will be the first scheduled production run for the plant since a limited number of vehicles were assembled on March 29 and 30. MFTBC noted that over the past few weeks, it has been producing maintenance parts and parts for “knockdown (KD) kits” used for overseas production as well.

MFTBC also announced that its subsidiary, Mitsubishi Fuso Bus Manufacturing Co., Ltd (MFBM), in Toyama, Japan, will resume production of large and small buses in the latter part of next week.

MFTBC said it is “striving to ramp up production with safety, speed and efficiency in support of its customers and the Japanese economy.”

However, the OEM noted that “due to the parts-supply situation, Kawasaki and Toyama plant operations will be variable in the coming weeks, with the plants’ output gradually increasing.”

MFTBC added that it “thanks its customers for their understanding and patience during these extraordinary times.”

Last month at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis —and just days before the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami hit Japan-- MFTA rolled out the OEM’s new Canter FE/FG Series Class 3-5 cabover line to the North American market.

Headquartered in Logan Township, NJ, MFTA is a subsidiary of Japan’s MFTBC, which is an integral part of Germany’s Daimler AG Trucks Div.