Volkswagen says its production was not affected by the earthquake in Japan

Article by Christian A., on March 30, 2011

Volkswagen AG’s CEO Martin Winterkorn said at a recent press conference in Salzburg, Austria that its production has not been affected by disruptions at Japanese parts makers because of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, adding that VW is well-supplied through next week.

However, Winterkorn added that predictions beyond next week are impossible to ascertain due to the shifting situation in Japan.

Starting April 4, 2011, Ford Motor Co. plans to idle its Genk, Belgium auto plant for five days to conserve parts following Japan’s earthquake and nuclear crisis. PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA and General Motors Co. also cut production at European factories due to disrupted supplies.

PSA recently said conditions could soon return to pre-crisis production levels at its plants, says Autonews.

According to a March 22, 2011 report from analyst Morgan Stanley, it will take weeks to assess what parts are in short supplies and to make plans for alternative sourcing. Japan supplies electronic content like semiconductors, sensors and batteries.

The report added electronic content is estimated to be considerably higher than $5,000 (about EUR3,540) per car. VW, which has no facilities in Japan, set up a task force two weeks ago to make sure that production at its 61 factories worldwide are not affected by stoppages at Japanese component suppliers.

The quake has disrupted the production at parts suppliers. In particular, Aisin Seiki Co., Denso Corp. and Renesas Electronics Corp. have halted most or some of their operations.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Earlier in November at the 2017 SEMA Show in Vegas is when Hennessey unwrapped the Venom F5 to all of us. But it was actually first introduced as a concept...
by - November 22, 2017
Mercedes-Benz just made an announcement that the 2018 E Class Cabriolet has finally landed in the United States. If you had not known, the E Class will be positioned in...
by - November 22, 2017
After a somewhat successful fray into the automotive market in China, the resurrected German automobile brand Borgward is finally heading to Europe, bringing along with it the Borgward BX7 sports...
by - November 22, 2017
Automotive industry veteran Bob Lutz has once again spoken out against Tesla. Known as one of Tesla Motors’ greatest skeptics, Lutz had stated two years ago that the Silicon Valley...
by - November 22, 2017
Dubai is one of the few countries where expensive cars are the norm, many of which are specially modified as well. And this just in: Bentley has debuted the new...
by - November 21, 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