Bosch says it has scaled back production at its locations in Japan for the time being.

The decision, it said in a statement, was based on a number of factors.

"The situation is uncertain and infrastructure seriously limited in some areas. Some Bosch factories do not have an uninterrupted power and water supply. Finally, access to fuel remains very restricted in many parts of Japan.

"'The situation at some suppliers also remains uncertain. In these cases, Bosch is working hard with suppliers and manufacturers to find a solution."

An emergency services coordination team set up by the Japanese regional company is coordinating necessary action on-site for Bosch in Japan. Most of the Bosch expatriates have now left Japan, Bosch said. Bosch added it had given them the option of leaving the country and had provided them with assistance.

Bosch CEO Franz Fehrenbach expressed his distress yesterday. "We are deeply concerned by the extent of the catastrophe in Japan caused by the massive earthquake and the subsequent tsunami," he said. "Following the extremely critical situation that has arisen with respect to the nuclear power plants, we are worried about our associates, customers, suppliers, and partners, as well as about the Japanese people affected."

Bosch said that emergency support teams, set up in Germany and Japan on Friday directly after news of the earthquake broke, have been in close contact with each other since then and are answering employees' questions.

The statement added:

"As far as is known at present, no one was killed or injured at any of the Bosch locations in Japan. The precise extent of damage to buildings is still being assessed. What is certain is that no buildings collapsed, and there were no fires, at any of the Bosch locations."

For its employees worldwide, Bosch has suspended all travel to Japan.