TOKYO (March 22, 2011)—Yokohama Rubber Co. said production has restarted at all its Japanese plants except one: the Ibaraki Plant which makes high pressure hoses.
However, output at all affected plants is still limited because of raw materials, logistics and power restrictions.
Yokohama said the earthquake led to the suspension of production at plants in Mishima, Hiratsuka, Hiratsuka-East, Hamatite (Nakahara), Ibaraki and Nagano. Limited production resumed at all these, except the Ibaraki unit, within a few days.
Currently output is below target, though management said it is confident that full output will be resumed once reliable supplies of power and raw materials are return.
The Ibaraki unit was more severely damaged, but most repairs have now been completed. Initial trial production has begun, but raw materials supply remains a problem. The company also said work is under way to restart the Ibaraki plant's production of Hematite sealants and adhesives.