Nissan, other auto parts manufacturers in Japan resume production

Article by Christian A., on March 23, 2011

Several Japanese manufacturers have resumed production of auto parts in Japan, although in a limited capacity. Industrial output in Japan has been disrupted for over a week ever since the earthquake. Manufacturers continue to experience rolling power outages, aftershocks and delays in the supply chain.

Industry consultant IHS Automotive Insight said in its report last Monday that in the first couple of weeks after the earthquake, Japan automakers are expected to lose about 65% in light vehicle production.

Typically, Japan produces about 37,200 vehicles per day, or about 521,000 in a two-week period. IHS estimated that through Friday, the industry would have lost nearly 338,000 vehicles.

IHS said that so far, the production loss outside Japan has reached about 10,000 vehicles, but this number is expected to rise "exponentially" as the tragedy affects more parts suppliers and as the stockpiles of components for cars and trucks built overseas are being used up.

Last Monday, Nissan Motor Co. resumed output at several of its parts factories. It is also scheduled to restart operations at six other plants and some vehicle assembly plants on Thursday.

Unfortunately, water, electricity and gas are scarce at Nissan's facilities in Iwaki, located in the same prefecture where Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers are fighting to avoid a nuclear meltdown.

The affected Nissan sites include a key engine plant. David Reuter, head of communications for Nissan's U.S. arm, said that the North American production is not being affected by the stoppage at Iwaki. But it might be affected in the long-term and that’s what the company is currently assessing.

Topics: nissan, japan, production

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

McLaren rejects the idea of creating anything other than a sports car. That means that vehicles that would be ideal for families such as an SUV or a crossover are...
by - April 25, 2017
The new and improved Opel Grandland X is out, and this large SUV is something the European market did not know they would need. Now measuring at 14.7 feet (4.48...
by - April 25, 2017
It seems like a never-ending battle between the 2017 Honda Civic Type R and the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S when it comes to owning the Nürburging record. This story...
by - April 25, 2017
Another day, another record. Is the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon the fastest car to date? According to some sources, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon had just beaten the Tesla...
by - April 24, 2017
Following in the footsteps of the McLaren 570S, 540C and 570GT is the newest addition to the McLaren Sports Series -- the roofless 570S Spider. McLaren 570S was rolled out...
by - April 24, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries