Now that the effects of the March 11 tsunami are behind the Japanese auto industry, carmakers are pulling out all stops to make up for lost volume. Only to run into new problems: “Shortages of tires and other autoparts are a growing concern,” reports The Nikkei [sub]. The new shortage is tsunami-unrelated. Its reason: Bad old supply and demand.
According to The Nikkei, Bridgestone has notified automakers that the company has more orders for car tires than it has capacity. Bridgestone thinks it will be short 500,000 tires, that’s 100,000 cars missing from the production stats.
Japan Polypropylene has trouble keeping up with demand for resins used for plastic autoparts.
Also short: Workers. Automakers continue having problems finding enough temporary workers, to help out with the great production surge.