ERJ staff report (DS)
Sendai, Japan - Toyo Tires has announced that its Sendai Plant, which makes car tyres, has resumed partial operation of productions as of March 23rd 2011.
Toyo Tires' manufacturing subsidiary, Fukushima Rubber Co., Ltd. has also resumed partial operations. The Fukushima plant makes standard industrial rubber products, automobile parts, water protective sheets and suchlike.
The company said, â€œmanufacturing operations at the Sendai Plant had been suspended since March 11th 2011, due to the power outage in the region resulting from the massive earthquake. However, with the gradual return of electric power in the area, Toyo Tires has made a thorough inspection of the production facilities and evaluated the safety of its employees, and as a result has determined that it may safely resume production.â€ /p>
It continued, â€œProducts will be manufactured on a restricted basis for the time being, due to the limited availability of electricity, fuel and raw materials. In addition, because the transportation infrastructure and fuel supply is still in the process of recovery, the logistics need time to stabilize. Accordingly, Toyo Tires will take the most appropriate production and supply structure in response to the circumstances as it develops, and increase production as the situation improves.â€
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Press release from Toyo Tires