Japanese Parts Paralysis: Nissan's Iwaki Engine Plant Back On-line
Nissan’s Iwaki engine plant is back on line, as this video from Nissan’s in-house channel attests. The plant, located some 35 miles away from the stricken Fukushima power plant, was severely damaged by the quake and had been off-line ever since March 11.
In the face of rumors that the plant would be abandoned, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn had toured Iwaki end of March and “vowed to use every possible means to rebuild it,” The Nikkei [sub] reported. Yesterday, Nissan made good on that promise.
Iwaki itself is the largest manufacturing city in the Tohoku region, and the Nissan plant is one of its corner stones. In an internal staff meeting on April 1, Ghosn had said: “By restoring Nissan, we can restore the community, and by restoring the community, we will help to restore Nissan.”
The Iwaki plant is one of two Nissan engine plants in Japan. It makes about 376,000 engines annually. It is strategically important for Nissan’s V-6 engines. Full production will resume in June.
Sfdennis1 on Apr 21, 2011
"35 miles away from the stricken Fukushima power plant"?? Doesn't seem very far to me...barely outside the evacuation zone? (which in itself, was thought far too small by several experts) With a dangerous and unresolved nuclear crisis still unfolding? If workers are, in fact, returning...it speaks to the legendary Japansese sense of work ethic and allegiance to duty...or to my thought, insane obligation to obeying authority. Engines now, cancer later?