TOKYO—Japanese auto parts maker Denso Corp. is lending a factory to rubber auto components producer Fujikura Rubber Ltd. to temporarily replace a plant damaged by the March 12 earthquake.
Denso, a member of the Toyota Group, is the world's largest parts supplier.
Toyota Motor Corp. has said its production in Japan is constrained by shortages of electronic, rubber and plastic parts.
Denso and a subsidiary, Denso East Japan Corp., temporarily are lending Denso East Japan's plant in Tamura City, Japan, to Fujikura Rubber, which has facilities that have not operated since the quake. The agreement came after Fujikura Rubber approached Denso about using the factory to produce industrial rubber products.
Denso already had made the buildings of Denso East Japan in quake-ravaged Fukushima Prefecture available as an emergency evacuation area.
Denso East Japan, a wholly owned unit of Denso Corp., began construction of its sole manufacturing plant last year and had targeted a May 2011 production launch date. Although established in April 2008, Denso East Japan had postponed construction of its plant and the launch of operations because of the recession.
Denso said it still expects Denso East Japan to make air conditioning systems, although those plans now are on hold with the loan of the factory to Fujikura Rubber.