Toyota says its northern Japanese factories were not quite affected by earthquake

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 16, 2011

Toyota Motor Corp.’s first damage report for its northern Japanese factories - in the region affected by the devastating March 11, 2011 earthquake – revealed that some fixtures and equipment will need repairs but that the facilities sustained no major structural harm. Days after the quake, the carmaker had difficulty contacting it plants in the northern Japan quake zone.

Two Toyota body-making units have assembly plants in the region; while the parent company operates two parts factories there. The two assembly plants include one run by Central Motors Co. in Miyagi prefecture and another run by Kanto Auto Works Ltd., in neighboring Iwate prefecture.

Toyota said that one of two convoys of Toyota-dispatched relief trucks reached the area on March 13, 2011, while another arrived on March 14, 2011.

Among the emergency goods delivered to the factories’ communities by the convoy (comprised of two fuel tankers, six water tankers and nine cargo trucks) were food, water, portable toilets and blankets. Spokesman Paul Nolasco of Toyota’s employees in the disaster zone said the company does not have any reports of deaths or injuries.

The earthquake has forced the closure of Toyota’s northern facilities. The devastating earthquake buckled roads, collapsed buildings, triggered landslides and unleashed deadly tsunami waves.

Toyota recently said the Central Motors plant, which just opened in January 2011, had damage on its wall and some pipes but had no major structural or equipment problems. The Kanto Auto plant had some of its stamping machines displaced by the earthquake's shaking.

Topics: toyota, japan

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