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!

Recommended

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
    wstarvingteacher

    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
    -Cole-

    Meanwhile, in Florida…

  • avatar
    GS650G

    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

  • Jeff S: Panel gaps are more noticeable on the outside on vehicles with exterior trims. The pictures of the 2015 Ford...
  • pwrwrench: Circumference is more important than diameter. Easy way to measure this is put a dot of paint in the...
  • MrGreenMan: If we’re going to go down the road of throwback car reviews – like the great days of the...
  • darex: Had a 1st gen Cruze as a rental once. Huge panel gaps inside and out. The dash panels were SHOCKINGLY...
  • ash78: Study after study says you shouldn’t even both with the threat of personal injury — kids think...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff