TOKYO (March 22, 2011)—Cabot Corp. said its staff suffered no injuries and its facilities suffered minimal damage in the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 in Japan.
Cabot's two primary materials produced in Japan are carbon black and tantalum. Cabot operates carbon black manufacturing facilities in Chiba and Shimonoseki, a tantalum powder facility in Aizu, and business offices in Tokyo and Osaka.
The company's carbon black facility in Shimonoseki continued production, while its Chiba unit lost power and operations were temporarily suspended during the quake. The facility is able to manufacture, but Cabot said supply chain and infrastructure disruptions over the coming weeks are likely to impact its ability to operate in the near term.