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Industrial Info Resources

March 25, 2011 07:00 ET

Tsunami-Related Production Delays Continue to Hamper Automotive Sector, an Industrial Info News Alert

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) -  Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Recovery is a word that has been strongly associated with the automotive sector in the last few years. Prior to the global economic collapse, the sector already had crashed and automakers were scrambling to recover from significant problems that had plagued the sector for years. Just when the sector was blossoming again and sales had recovered, the earthquakes and resulting tsunami devastated portions of Japan, destroying significant portions of the automotive parts and production infrastructure in that country. Given the wide use of Japanese-manufactured parts in a large portion of the vehicles produced worldwide, this disaster has rocked the automotive sector to its core, and delays associated with the devastation just keep piling up.

Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) (Tokyo), Nissan Motor Company Limited (PINKSHEETS:NSANY) (Yokohama, Japan), Suzuki Motor Corporation (Shizuoka, Japan) and Honda Motor Company (NYSE:HMC) (Tokyo) have all been forced to delay production at their assembly plants in Japan due to tsunami damage and parts shortages. Honda has even gone so far as to suspend orders in May from U.S. dealers to allow production plants to catch up with demand.

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