Japanese plants idled after quake
A magnitude-6.2 earthquake which struck the Japanese island of Kyushu has forced Toyota and Nissan to temporarily suspend operations at two manufacturing facilities.
Toyota has suspended production at its Miyata assembly facility. That plant houses production for the Lexus HS, CT, RX, NX and ES along with the Toyota Sai–a variant of the Lexus HS sold exclusively in Japan.
Nissan’s local facility continued to operate immediately after the quake, but will go idle beginning Saturday (local time) and remain so until the supply situation can be rectified. The facility builds both the Nissan Murano and Rogue, among others.
The idled facilities were not themselves damaged by the quake. It was automotive component supplier Aisin Seiki Co. whose facilities were damaged, disrupting output and forcing the automakers to cease production until deliveries can resume.
Aisin Seiki has announced that none of its workers were injured in the earthquake, according to Automotive News. Workers who have since entered the buildings to evaluate their condition have reported “serious” damage inside along with “minor” structural damage visible on the exterior in the form of “collapsed walls and broken windows.”
The facilities are located in Kumamoto, just a few miles south of the quake’s epicenter and roughly 50 miles east of the city of Nagasaki.