Mazda says its plants are now running at pre-quake levels

Article by Christian A., on June 27, 2011

The assembly factories of Mazda Motor Corp. in Japan are now running on pre-quake production levels, the company has disclosed. In April, the company revealed that it could take until the end of the year to normalize production.

Vehicle manufacturers and suppliers in Japan were hit hard by the March 11 disaster in Japan that disrupted the supply chain in the country and paralyzed assembly plants worldwide.

Due to its location relative to the center of the March earthquake, Mazda was not as badly affected because it was based in the western city of Hiroshima.

The company's two facilities in Japan have been operating steadily since April 13, but at a limited production. The company disclosed that it forecasts a domestic production volume of 900,000 units, which is an increase from the 866,992 units in the previous fiscal year ended in March.

The company also expects international car sales of 1,305,000 million units, which is a slight increase from last year. Mazda forecasted a sales revenue of 2.19 trillion yen through March 2012 as well as an operating profit of 20 billion yen ($247 million), which is a 16 percent drop from its last fiscal year due to disruptions to the supply chain as well as the strengthening of the value of yen. Mazda foresees a net profit of 1 billion yen, swinging from last years' loss of 60 billion yen.

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