By on August 30, 2012

Japan’s carmakers are preparing for the next big one, and move to higher ground, says The Nikkei [sub]. Many Japanese car plants are near or next to the water, some on reclaimed land. Large level tracts are rare in Japan, and by building cars at the waterfront, the ship can  come to your loading dock.  After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, perspectives changed.  

In June, Suzuki acquired about 270,000 sq. meters of land on a hill 80 meters above sea level in Hamamatsu. Suzuki will spend 40 billion yen ($500m) and move some of its production to higher ground and 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) inland.  The Suzuki motorcycle technology research center and part of its motorcycle engine factory will move to the new site.

Preparations by other companies range from rewriting evacuation manuals and drills to complete relocations such as the ones at Suzuki.

A government survey found that more than 70% of firms have drawn up business continuity plans or are currently doing so in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and flooding in Thailand

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!


4 Comments on “Japan’s Carmakers Plan For The Worst...”

  • avatar
    Polar Bear

    The Thais sold the Japanese land on the flat flood plains north of Bangkok without telling them their factories would be under water now and then. The moonsoon flood season comes every year in October and when they get a big one things get wet.

    There is a reason some of the cheapest land in Bangkok (with slums on it) comes with a river view.

  • avatar

    That happens here as well and even with luxury communities. Local residents in my area knew for years that a certain spot flooded if a frog peed in the road. It became Kingwood Texas just north of Houston.

    I think that drainage was the first order of the day when developing the site. Some things can’t be drained and I hope whoever bought that land in Thailand was fired.

  • avatar

    Meanwhile, in Florida…

  • avatar

    they have bigger problems than water, like earthquakes and electricity.
    Overseas assembly is looking better than ever.

Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

  • threeer: I *think* Buick largely exists now to sell Chinese-made “American” cars to the Chinese…and...
  • TW5: Don’t stick you neck out for CR. There are too many people willing to pull the lever on the guillotine. CR...
  • CRConrad: Yeah, the “190” was actually the first “liar” model in that sense. That’s...
  • akear: Isn’t Buick out of business yet. GM – what a disgrace!
  • redrum: Yeah, I follow Musk on Twitter and while he seems overall like an OK guy, he is a bit Trump-esque when it...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote


  • Contributors

  • Matthew Guy, Canada
  • Ronnie Schreiber, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States
  • Mark Baruth, United States
  • Moderators

  • Adam Tonge, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States