Japan's bullet trains have suffered floods © JIJI Press/AFP/Getty Images
Japan's bullet trains have suffered floods © JIJI Press/AFP/Getty Images

Subaru suppliers hit by Typhoon Hagibis

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
16 October 2019

Subaru has suspended car production at plants in Japan due to disrupted supplies of parts caused by Typhoon Hagibis.

The typhoon, which hit Japan over the weekend, has left large swathes of the country under water and reports put the death toll at more than 70.

Subaru said there had been “some cases of damage including inundation at some of our suppliers (both direct and indirect)”.

“These suppliers are currently working to normalise their operations with our human and material support as well, but we expect some impairment of their supply of automotive components and parts to Subaru.”

The firm said it had suspended operations at two plants in Gunma, and partially suspended operations at a third. It is aiming to resume operations around 25 October.

Subaru said it was studying the impact on its financial performance.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe said a contingency fund of 500bn yen ($4.6bn) had been set aside for recovery efforts and 110,000 personnel from police, fire, military and the coast guard had been deployed. Around 100 helicopters have been used for search and rescue and more than 3,000 people have been rescued.

Power at 520,000 homes was knocked out by the typhoon, the strongest in decades, and Japan’s bullet trains were left submerged.

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