Mazda manufacturing in Japan recovering after July floods

Mazda says that the outlook for parts supply, commuting and other factors has improved in Western Japan after the severe floods that hit the region and disrupted operations in July. It said that it will return to normal operations in September.

Production will return to pre-disaster levels at Ujina Plants Nos.1 and 2 in Hiroshima and Hofu Plants Nos. 1 and 2 in Yamaguchi from September 10.

It said that it will continue efforts to minimise the impact of commuting and logistics operations on the transportation network and ensure that government- and community-led relief efforts are not impeded.

'We continue to place the highest priority on the recovery of the region, and will keep working in close cooperation with local communities and suppliers', the company said in a statement.

The following is a summary of Mazda's main relief efforts to date:

  • Mazda employees have engaged in volunteer work for a total of 1,729 man-days. Doctors, nurses and public health nurses from Mazda hospital have provided medical assistance for a total of 165 man-days. Employees have engaged in field work, including clearing earth and debris, cleaning and tidying up both inside and outside houses, for a total of 489 man-days. Others have engaged in administrative support at volunteer centers and conducted hearings to ascertain what supplies and assistance are required for a total 57 man-days.
  • A total of 2,950 sandbags, 25,617 litres of drinking water, 1,764 pairs of work gloves, 1,688 dust masks, 4,840 towels and 436 dust cloths have been provided to affected areas or used during volunteer work.
  • Company cars have been loaned in response to requests from affected areas on 12 separate occasions.
  • Ten trucks for use in recovery efforts were donated to affected areas during August.
  • Mazda's Taibi Training Center in Saka, Aki-gun was opened as an accommodation facility for volunteers from August 1 through 30.
  • Mazda has donated 100 million yen to relief efforts. (80 million yen to Hiroshima prefecture, 20 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society)
  • A donation box was set up in the lobby of the headquarters building in Fuchu-cho, Hiroshima from July 26 through August 31.

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