Nissan’s North American supply chain unbroken by quakes – The Daily News Journal

SMYRNA — Nissan’s North American supply chain has actually not been impacted by the twin earthquakes that struck portions of southern Japan over the weekend.

While the earthquakes are having ripple effects much beyond the disaster zone, the quakes are nowhere near as significant as the devastation from the 2011 quake and tsunami disasters. The quakes, measured at 6.2 and 7.0 magnitude, struck late Thursday and early Saturday, killing at the very least 42 people and leaving nearly 1,100 people injured.

Manufacturers, especially automakers, have actually learned some lessons concerning supply chain disruptions due to the fact that 2011.

“That sort of lesson has actually been learned,” said Nissan Motor Co. spokesman Dion Corbett. “We now have actually maps that prove to where specifically the suppliers are.”

Nissan’s 2 plants in Kyushu were temporarily shut down after the quakes for checkups. The checks discovered damage was minor, allowing the plants to return to operations on Monday, he said.

“Nissan was fortunate that our facilities in Kyushu just received minor damage from the earthquakes and every one of our employees are safe,” said Josh Clifton, senior manager, Corporate Communications, Nissan North America.

Japan’s various other automaker didn’t fare as well.

Toyota Motor Corp., the a lot of heavily afflicted of the huge vehicle makers, has actually stopped production at a factory in Kyushu, where the quakes struck.

The shutdown will certainly progression to various other plants in Japan through Friday. Output will certainly return to depending on the availability of parts.

Honda Motor Corp. said its motorcycle factory in Kumamoto, the largest city seriously afflicted by the quakes, has actually suspended output until Friday.

But production at its auto plants has actually not been affected, said Teruhiko Tatebe. He said the business was looking in to feasible future supplier complications and had not ruled them out.

“So much we are OK,” he said of the auto plants.

The motorcycle plant was severely damaged. As a result of repeated aftershocks, it is unsafe to go inside to properly examine the damage, Tatebe said.

Still, compared to exactly what companies went through 5 years ago, Japan Inc. appears to be holding up better.

The 2011 disaster slammed supply chains so seriously that also auto production in the U.S. was halted. Automakers learned the tough method concerning their vulnerability to hiccups in their supply chains, especially from second-tier and third-tier suppliers.

Because the damage to Nissan’s factories and suppliers was minor and operations resumed quickly, there weren’t any kind of disruptions to the supply chain top to the Smyrna or Dechard plants in Tennessee.

“We are continuing to Job along with our partners in the region to guarantee stability of our supply chain,” Clifton said.

The powerful earthquakes have actually caused electricity outages and disruptions to water supplies. Roads and airports in the region were affected, along with some damaged spots in hard-to-reach mountain spots reduce off by landslides that blocked roads and bridges.

Some of the worst afflicted spots are deep in the mountains bordering Mount Aso, Japan’s largest energetic volcano, a location renowned for milk farming. However among the hardest strike cities was Mashiki, a focus for semiconductor fabrication and various other manufacturing.

Associated Press writers Yuri Kageyama and Elaine Kurtenbach contributed to this report.

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