Falken reports Shirakawa tyre plant suspension after tsunami
Falken has released a statement from its finance and admin director T. Ikeuchi, reporting that its Shirakawa factory has “stopped daily manufacturing operations due to the immediate black out, and because the factory building and equipments installed have been found partly damaged. Ikeuchi also stated that the company is “investigating the extent of the damages”, intending to recommence production as soon as possible. In addition, Ikeuchi said that all “Sumitomo Rubber Industries group employees and their families have been confirmed uninjured”.
The rest of his statement continued: “We deeply appreciate your phone calls, telegrams, and e-mails of your co-anxiety expressed following the colossal scale of the earthquakes, which struck Japan on March 11th around 14:45 (Japan time). This particularly affected North -Eastern part Tohoku as well as Pacific Coast areas, causing extensive damage and casualties in the area…
“We have been currently collecting information in terms of supply to our customers, including supply from the other factories (Nagoya, Izumi-Ohtsu and Miyazaki factory), which produce most of the Falken products and are undamaged.
“We sincerely appreciate your understanding and your patience.”