Τα προβλήματα του μεγασεισμού των 9.0 βαθμών της κλίμακας Ρίχτερ (αφού τελικά αναθεωρήθηκε το μέγεθος του από τα 8.9) έχει παραλύσει την οικονομία της 3ης οικονομικής δύναμης του κόσμου. Ανάμεσα στα εργοστάσια που επλήγησαν ήταν ασφαλώς και αυτά των αυτοκινητοβιομηχανιών.

H Mazda ανακοίνωσε ότι αναστέλλει την λειτουργία των εργοστασίων της Χιροσίμα και του Hofu από σήμερα το βράδυ έως και την νυχτερινή βάρδια της 16ης Μαρτίου 20 Μαρτίου (έδωσε νέο δελτίο τύπου σήμερα το πρωί) και θα ανακοινώσει περισσότερα στις 21 του Μάρτη όπου θα συνεδριάσει ξανά το διοικητικό συμβούλιο. Επίσης ανακοίνωσε ότι θα δωρίσει 30 εκατ. Γιεν (€265.000) στην περιοχή της Χιροσίμα για την στήριξη και την ανάκαμψη της περιοχής

Η Toyota έχει κλείσει συνολικά 12 εργοστάσια και είναι άγνωστο το πότε θα ξανανοίξουν αφού θέλει να προστατεύσει τους εργαζομένους της αλλά και να εκτιμήσουν την έκταση των ζημιών που προκλήθηκαν λόγω σεισμού αλλά και του τσουνάμι. Η Toyota αναφέρει ότι έως και την Τετάρτη 16 του Μάρτη η γραμμή παραγωγής δεν θα έχει κατασκευάσει συνολικά 40.000 αυτοκίνητα.

Η Nissan αναφέρει ότι λόγω τσουνάμι περισσότερα από 2.300 αυτοκίνητα παρασύρθηκαν και καταστράφηκαν αφού ήταν παρκαρισμένα στο λιμάνι Hitachi της περιφέρειας Ibaraki. Τα εργοστάσια της Tochigi και Iwaki θα παραμείνουν κλειστά μέχρι την Παρασκευή 18 Μαρτίου ενώ αυτά της Oppama, Kyushu, Shatai kai Yokohama μέχρι την Τετάρτη 16.

Και αυτή θα δώσει 30 εκατ. Γιεν (€265.000) στην NGO Japan Platform, θα παρέχει δωρεάν φορτηγά και ανυψωτικά μηχανήματα καθώς και δωρεάν ιατρικό υλικό όπως αντισηπτικά, κουβέρτες και μάσκες.

Η Honda αναφέρει ότι έως και την Κυριακή 20 Μαρτίου όλα τα εργοστάσια της θα παραμείνουν κλειστά χάνοντας συνολικά 16.600 αυτοκίνητα. Ο λόγος είναι ότι συνολικά 113 προμηθευτές της βρίσκονται στη πληγείσα περιοχή και μέχρι σήμερα δεν μπορεί να επικοινωνήσει με τους 44 από αυτούς

Σε ότι αφορά τις Mazda, Mitsubishi και Subaru ανακοίνωσαν ότι θα αποφασίσουν την Τετάρτη 16 Μαρτίου πότε θα ανοίξουν ξανά τα εργοστάσια τους.

Οι οικονομικές ζημιές των εταιριών δεν είναι όμως μόνο από τη μη παραγωγή των αυτοκινήτων τους αλλά και ότι οι μετοχές τους στο χρηματιστήριο του Nikkei έχουνε πάρει τη κατηφόρα.

Η Mitsubishi έχει χάσει 9.0% της αξίας της μετοχής της, η Isuzu 8.9%, η Nissan 8.5%, η Toyota 7.2% και Honda 3.8%.

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<strong>Δελτία Τύπου</strong>

About the Major Earthquake in Northeastern Japan TOKYO, Japan, March 14, 2011 – Honda would like to express its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims of The 2011 Off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake in northeastern Japan and our sincere hopes for the earliest possible relief and recovery of the affected areas.

Considering the current situation of the nationwide recovery efforts in Japan, Honda has decided the following: ? As of March 14, all production activities are suspended at the following Honda plants: Sayama Plant at Saitama Factory (Sayama, Saitama), Ogawa Plant (Ogawa-machi, Hiki-gun Saitama), Tochigi Factory (Moka, Tochigi), Hamamatsu Factory (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka) and Suzuka Factory (Suzuka, Mie). ? From March 15 through 20, Honda will suspend all production activities at its plants listed above as well as at Kumamoto Factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto). ? From March 14 through 20, Honda will suspend regular operations at all Honda facilities in the Tochigi area, where damage was more serious, (including Tochigi Factory, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automobile R&D Center (Tochigi) , Honda Engineering Co., Ltd., etc.), and focus on the recovery of each operation. Honda associates will not come to work during this time.

With the hope to contribute to the earliest possible relief and recovery of affected areas, Honda will provide the following aid: ? 300 million yen toward the relief and recovery effort. ? A total of 1,000 generators (gasoline-powered and home-use gas canister-powered), along with 5,000 gas canisters. Honda also will dispatch its staff to explain how to use the donated generators.

Honda will cooperate to the electricity conservation efforts and the rolling blackout, prioritizing the relief and recovery of affected areas.

Honda decided the following regarding its recruiting activities so that victims of the earthquake can focus on recovery. ? Prospective associates, who are scheduled to join the company in April, can choose to delay their first day of work by up to two months if they or their families are affected by the earthquake. ? For those who have applied for next year’s recruiting process starting in April of this year (associates who would join the company in April 2012) from the affected areas (six prefectures in Tohoku areas and Ibaraki prefecture), Honda will ensure that the testing/interviewing of those applicants will be conducted in June or later. More details will be posted on the recruiting section of the Honda website in April.

Updated Toyota Statement Regarding Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

NEW YORK, NY (March 13, 2011) – Toyota’s associates and team members in North America extend our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to the people of Japan, our colleagues and their families.

Our utmost concern has been the safety of all Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) team members and team members at our partner companies in the Tohoku region.

TMC has established a company-wide emergency task force to continually assess the situation and take initial measures.

There have been no reported injuries at Toyota operations, including the Tokyo head office, the Higashifuji facility, Tochigi office, Yamanashi office, Toyota Motor Tohoku facilities and at TMC subsidiary vehicle manufacturers.

While TMC plants were able to restart production on 3/11, plants that stopped production are Toyota subsidiary plants that produce parts and vehicles, including: Toyota Motor Hokkaido Plant Toyota Motor Tohoku Plant Central Motor Corporation Miyagi Plant, which also produces the Yaris model. Kanto Auto Works Iwate Plant, which also produces the Scion xB and Scion xD. Employees at these facilities were evacuated to safe areas.

We are now conducting a detailed survey of each plant to determine the extent of any damage. We are also currently assessing the situation at our suppliers, dealers and the impact on North American import vehicles.

As we are committed to ensuring the safety of our team members and their families, Toyota has decided to suspend production at all TMC plants, as well as all subsidiary vehicle-manufacturing plants on Monday, March 14th.

Toyota’s number one priority is to support our team members at TMC, our partner companies, suppliers and dealers through this situation. On behalf of the company globally, TMC is moving to donate 300 million yen (approximately $3.75 million) for relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the Tohoku Earthquake and is also considering the provision of goods and services as needed.

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available

Massive Quake Hits Japan – Mazda not affected

Leverkusen, 11 March 2011. Earlier this morning (European time) there was a major earthquake just off the north-eastern coast of Japan that measured 8.9 on the Richter Scale. This was followed by a Tsunami that caused significant damage to the north of the country, and aftershocks some of them as strong as 7.

Mazda’s headquarters and assembly plants in Hiroshima are located about 1,000 km south and west of the affected area and, although the quake was felt there, no damage has been reported. Fortunately for Mazda, nobody was injured and as no work-stoppage is necessary the next shift will proceed as planned.

“Although we speculate there will be some damage to dealerships north of Tokyo,” said Jeff Guyton, President and CEO of Mazda Motor Europe, “Mazda facilities and people, so far as we know at this moment, are safe. Our thoughts go out to everyone in the affected areas and we hope that help comes quickly and the damage is limited.

Mazda to Adjust Production Following Major Earthquake in Eastern Japan

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation wishes to convey its heartfelt sympathy and concern for all people affected by the major earthquake in eastern Japan.

Mazda places the highest priority on ensuring the safety of all employees and their families at its suppliers in the affected region. Therefore, Mazda has decided to suspend production at its Hiroshima and Hofu plants from the night shift on March 14 through to the night shift on March 16, 2011. Mazda will announce any further production changes for March 17 onward as soon as a decision is made.

Mazda to Donate for Earthquake Relief in Eastern Japan

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation wishes to convey its heartfelt sympathy and concern for all people affected by the major earthquake in eastern Japan. As an interim response, Mazda will donate 30 million yen to support recovery and relief efforts in the region. The company will continue to monitor the situation and will provide goods or personnel as required.

Mazda to Extend Production Suspension Beyond March 17 in Wake of Major Earthquake in Eastern Japan

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation wishes to convey its heartfelt sympathy and concern for all people affected by the major earthquake in eastern Japan.

Mazda places the highest priority on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its suppliers, their employees and their families, in the affected region. In consideration of this, and as part of the recovery efforts underway throughout Japan, Mazda will extend the production suspension at its Hiroshima and Hofu plants until March 20. Previously, operations were scheduled to be suspended from the night shift on March 14 through to the night shift on March 16. Mazda will announce any further production changes for March 21 onward as soon as a decision is made.

Report following earthquake Forecast on Production

Report following earthquake

– Forecasts on Production –

As an update to previous reports regarding the recent earthquake’s impact to Nissan and our affiliates’ facilities, the following is the latest update on our manufacturing operations. Additionally, taking into account the severity of the situation, Nissan will make its utmost efforts to provide support to restoration activities. Fully cooperating with the Government’s request to place national priority on securing electricity for areas in need, Nissan and its group companies will proactively take measures to conserve electricity usage in all of its activities.

<Forecast on future production>

  • Tochigi Plant, Iwaki Plant

Suspending operations until Friday, March 18

  • Oppama Plant, Kyushu Plant, Nissan Shatai, Yokohama Plant

Suspending operations until Wednesday, March 16

<Humanitarian Efforts>

Nissan earlier announced that it will donate 30,000,000 yen to the NGO Japan Platform, and that it would study further relief efforts. The following contributions are being considered:

  • Complimentary provision of vehicles, such as trucks and forklifts
  • Donation of medical supplies and daily commodities, such as blankets, antiseptics and masks
  • Gift matching donation from Nissan employees
  • Promotion and support of blood donation activities

<Electricity Conservation Activities>

  • Suspension of air-conditioning at Global Headquarters (GHQ) and Nissan Technical Center (NTC)
  • Closure of all “Nissan Gallery” locations in Japan (GHQ, Sapporo, Ginza (Tokyo), Nagoya, Fukuoka) until March 18
  • Blackout of all dealership signboard lamps and lowering of lighting intensity inside showrooms

Report following the earthquake in Northern Japan

On March 11, at 14:46 JST, a strong earthquake hit Northern Japan. The following is an update regarding operations at Nissan.

Plants/Facilities

  • Iwaki Plant (Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture), Tochigi Plant (Kawachi County, Tochigi Prefecture), Yokohama Plant (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture), Oppama Plant (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture), Zama Operations Center (Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture), Honmoku Wharf (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) have reported some damage to its buildings and/or equipment.
  • Damage has been reported to 1,300 U.S.-bound vehicles at the Port of Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture.
  • Damage has been reported to 1,000 vehicles stored at the Miyagi Service Center (Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture) due to tsunamis.

Employees

  • On the night of March 11, approximately 1,500 employees in plants and facilities remained on site. However, as public transportation gradually resumed services from Saturday morning (March 12), all except those in the Emergency Management Office have left the facilities.

Affiliate companies

  • Nissan Shatai and Nissan Kohki, located in the Kanto region (area surrounding Tokyo), which produces vehicles and powertrains respectively, reported some damage to its buildings and/or equipments. There are no reports of injuries regarding employees of affiliate companies.

Dealerships

  • We believe that dealerships in Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures, which are prefectures nearest the epicenter, have suffered severe damage. We have not yet confirmed the safety of all employees in our dealerships. Regarding dealerships in the Kanto region (area surrounding Tokyo), some damage to facilities have been reported, but no reports of injuries have been received.

Operations for Monday, March 14

  • All production facilities (Oppama, Yokohama, Tochigi, Iwaki, Kyushu (Kanda Town, Fukuoka Prefecture)) will suspend operations.
  • We expect Global Headquarters (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture), Nissan Technical Center (Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture) and Nissan Advanced Technology Center (Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture) to be operational.

<Forecast for operations after March 15>

  • No decision has been made as we are continuing to assess the damage to our facilities and equipment, as well as discussing parts delivery with our suppliers.

<Other>

  • In response to a request from Yokohama City, Nissan opened its Global Headquarter facilities to the public the night of March 11, and provided shelter for approximately 150 people, providing them with supplies such as blankets and water.

AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION’S STATEMENT REGARDING THE IMPACT OF JAPAN’S EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMIS

Suzuki Motor Corporation today announced there is currently no reported harm to Suzuki’s personnel, headquarters or manufacturing plants located in the Shizuoka Prefecture region. The earthquake’s epicenter was located 240 miles north of Tokyo while Suzuki’s headquarters are in Hamamatsu City, which is 158 miles south of Tokyo. We are currently gathering information about any additional effects to Suzuki’s operations, including port distribution, plant and dealership operations, as well as our vendors and suppliers located in the damaged areas. Due to widespread power outages communication is challenging, but we will continue to report.

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  • johnnyxp64

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    φανταζεσαι να παρεισ αμαξι ραδιοενεργο?

    • Θα γίνεται transformers!!!!!!!! γουστάρω !! :lol:

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