Toyota supplier Aichi Steel has announced that it has resumed operations at its Chita plant (Japan), after a two-month production halt.
Toyota announced the news on January 30 that an explosion in an Aichi Steel Coporation plant had stopped production, used by the world’s biggest automaker to produce such components as engines, transmissions and chassis.
Toyota commented: “Due to parts shortages resulting from an explosion that occurred on January 8 at an Aichi Steel Corporation manufacturing facility, Toyota Motor Corporation will suspend all production on its vehicle assembly lines within Japan from February 8 through 13.”
Reports have indicated that a gas leak was the cause of the explosion in the area, luckily no one was seriously injured.
On March 17, Aichi Steel released the following statement:
“We once again express our deep regret for the great trouble and inconvenience caused to neighborhood residents, customers and those concerned through the accident which occurred in the No.2 Bar Mill Shop at the Chita Plant of Aichi Steel Corporation.
Thanks to the support and cooperation of those concerned, we will restore the No.2 Bar Mill Shop and expect to restart operations on March 21, 2016.
We are implementing thorough measures to prevent a reoccurrence of this situation, and are working to strengthen our production and supply systems to rebuild our customers’ trust and peace of mind.
At this point in time, a detailed examination of the financial impact of the accident is still being carried out; however any impact that has been identified will be reported in the Forecast of Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2016.”