ERJ staff report (DS)
Tokyo -- Yokohama Rubber Co said production has re-started at all its Japanese plants except one: the Ibaraki Plant which makes high pressure hoses. However, output at all affected plants is still limited due to limitations on raw materials, logistics and power.
Yokohama said the earthquake led to the suspension of production at plants in Mishima, Hiratsuka, Hiratsuka-East, Hamatite (Nakahara), Ibaraki, and Nagano. Limited production resumed at all these, except the Ibaraki unit, within a few days. Currently, however, output is below target, though management said it is confident that fulloutput wil be resumed once reliable supplies of power and raw materials are resumed.
The Ibaraki unit was more severely damaged, but most repairs have now been completed and initial trial production has begun, but raw materials supply remains a problem. management hoped to resume supplies during today, 21 March. The company also said work is under way to restart the Ibaraki Plant's production of Hamatite sealants and adhesives.
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Press release from Yokohama