JAPAN 'QUAKE: Nissan expects 90% of pre-quake output in May
Nissan Motor expects to reach about 90% of domestic output it expected before the 11 March earthquake damaged its production bases, company officials said on Tuesday.
The outlook contrasts sharply with projections by Toyota and Honda which expect to reach only half of their pre-disaster calculations, Kyodo News reported.
A Nissan executive said: ''Since we took measures in the immediate aftermath of the quake, we have been able to procure components necessary for our immediate production.''
Now that Nissan projects a combined output of slightly less than 80,000 units for May, it would be equivalent to some 90% of its initially projected 85,000 units, they said.
Breaking down the combined output projection, the officials said, the automaker's Oppama factory in Kanagawa Prefecture will likely manufacture 20,000 units, almost the pre-quake level, with the Kyushu factory in Fukuoka Prefecture churning out more than 30,000 units, some 90% of the pre-disaster projection.
The combined output at its subsidiaries - Nissan Shatai in Kanagawa and Nissan Shatai Kyushu in Fukuoka - will likely come to 15,000 units in May, recovering some 90% of their pre-quake projection, they said.
But output at its Tochigi factory, which has sourced engines from the quake-stricken Iwaki plant in Fukushima Prefecture, will be able to recoup only 60% of its pre-quake projection, manufacturing some 8,000 vehicles, they said.
Meanwhile, Nissan's overseas production in May will likely come to 240,000 units against the initial plan of 270,000 units, although its output in China will beat the pre-quake projection by clearing more than 60,000.
Output in the United States and Britain will nearly clear their pre-quake projections by respectively amounting to 50,000 units and less than 40,000 units while output in Thailand and South Africa will be limited to some 70% of pre-quake projections, they said.