Damaged Riken Factory Not a Tyre Plant
The Riken factory in Japan knocked out of production by the July 16 earthquake is not, despite the name, in any way affiliated with tyres produced by the Michelin Group. The automotive parts plant, owned by the Riken Corporation and located in the Kashiwazaki region of Japan, suffered minor damage and a number of employees were injured. Due to the severance gas and water supplies and the necessity to check plant equipment, supply of auto parts to a number of major Japanese carmakers including Toyota, Mitsubishi and Suzuki has been severed, causing disruptions to their production schedule.
Part of Michelin’s Riken tyre line, sold in the UK through Kwik-Fit, is produced in Japan, however production at Michelin’s Japanese facilities was not affected by the earthquake. Riken tyres are also produced in Romania by Michelin Silvania.