Update1 – Japan earthquake: Nissan report image

Yokohama, Japan – An update regarding the impact of the recent earthquake on Nissan and the facilities of our affiliated companies.

Friday disaster is expected to have far-reaching consequences for the automotive industry both in Japan and abroad.

Although all plants, except for the Iwaki engine plant, have been able to repair some damaged facilities and/or equipment, it is still taking time to arrange delivery of parts from our suppliers.

As for the Iwaki engine plant, with aftershocks still heavily impacting the region, restoration activities are expected to take longer than at other plants. Our operations schedule will be as follows.

  • Oppama Plant, Tochigi Plant, Yokohama Plant, Nissan Shatai

Suspending operations until Sunday, March 20
(Note: Part of the Yokohama Plant resumed operations on March 13.)

  • Kyushu Plant, Nissan Shatai Kyushu

Resuming production on Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18, while inventory of supplies lasts. However, operations after Saturday March 19 are yet to be decided.
JATCO’s Fuji Plant and Fujinomiya Plant, which manufactures transmissions, have reported partial damage to its buildings and equipment. Operations have been suspended and damage is currently being assessed.
Currently, all business travel to Japan has been suspended. Nissan is aware that a number of national governments have recommended their citizens consider leaving the greater Tokyo area or Japan entirely. Nissan has no current plan to repatriate its foreign employees, but we are working with each employee regarding their own personal choices and fully respect their decision to stay or leave.

Update 9:36 CST – 03.16.2011 , FRANKLIN, Tenn.

Employees
Nearly all Nissan Americas employees traveling in Japan on business have returned to their home countries. The few remaining Nissan Americas travelers in the country are scheduled to return no later than March 19.

Nissan operations schedule will be as follows:
– Oppama Plant, Tochigi Plant, Yokohama Plant and Nissan Shatai are suspending operations until Sunday, March 20 (Note: Part of the Yokohama Plant resumed operations on March 13.)
– Kyushu Plant and Nissan Shatai Kyushu are resuming production on Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18, while inventory of supplies lasts. However, operations after Saturday March 19 are yet to be decided.
– Nissan’s JATCO’s Fuji Plant and Fujinomiya Plant, which manufactures transmissions, have reported partial damage to its buildings and equipment. Operations have been suspended and damage is currently being assessed.

Vehicle Stock / Sales Impact
Nearly 70 percent of the vehicles Nissan Americas sells in the region are produced in the region and manufacturing operations are continuing to operate on a normal schedule.
Due to an approximately 50 days’ supply of vehicle stock on the ground in the region or already in transit from Japanese ports, Nissan Americas does not anticipate any near-term impact on sales or vehicle availability.
Approximately 1,300 Infiniti vehicles were damaged in port in Japan due to the earthquake/tsunami, which equates to less than a few days’ supply for the brand. Historically, Infiniti keeps an approximately 20,000 unit inventory in the U.S., so this unit loss is expected to be made up over the next several months.
As the situation continues will provide routine updates