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NSK Following is update of our production status at our main sites in East Japan area (as of March 18, 13:00). 

NSK extends its deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives in the Northeast Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and its sincere condolences to all those affected by this disaster.

The effect of the earthquake on NSK's plants and future production outlook is outlined below:
Following the earthquake, we immediately established an emergency response headquarters, moved to confirm the safety of all employees and their families, and are now working at full strength to restore production.

Employee Casualties, Building Damage
One employee at an NSK Plant in Kirihara, Fujisawa-city, Kanagawa Prefecture , after having completed evacuation to the designated evacuation site with other employees and while waiting for further instructions, felt sick and was immediately taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. All other employees and their families at Kirihara and other locations have been confirmed safe.

No major damage has occurred to buildings or facilities owned by the NSK Group.
However, production stoppages have occurred at some plants due to power shortages, etc. We apologies for any inconvenience caused by the stop in operations, and are currently working at full strength to restore production.

 Production site (Plant name) Operational Status 
 › Fukushima Plant
(Higashi-Shirakawa, Fukushima Pref.) 
Partial production resumed.
 › Saitama Plant
(Hanyu, Saitama Pref.
Production facilities are fully restored. Partial stoppage due to rolling blackouts.

› Fujisawa Plant
(Fujisawa, Kanagawa Pref.)

› NSK Steering Systems Co., Ltd.
*Soja Plant (Maebashi, Gunma Pref.)
*Akagi Plant (Maebashi, Gunma Pref.)


› NSK Precision Co., Ltd.
*Maebashi Precision Machinery and Parts
 Plant (Maebashi City, Gunma Pref.)
*Saitama Precision Machinery and Parts
 Plant (Hanyu, Saitama Pref.)


› NSK Needle Bearings Ltd.
*Takasaki Plant (Takasaki, Gunma Pref.)
*Haruna Plant (Takasaki, Gunma Pref.)


› NSK Micro Precision Co., Ltd.
(Fujisawa, Kanagawa Pref.) 

Partial production stoppage due to rolling blackouts.

 

Production Forecast
Some production delay or stoppage will be expected due to rolling blackouts, logistic troubles in Japan.

Establishment and Organization of the Earthquake Task Force
Immediately after the earthquake, we have established the Earthquake Task Force.
The Task Force plays a key role in confirming the safety of all employees and their families, and are now working at full strength to restore production to our customers with emphasis on safety and quality assurance.

NSK will continue the cooperation in reducing electricity usage by avoiding using billboard and unnecessary lighting and electrical equipment.

 

Norbert Schneider
Chief Executive Officer
NSK Europe Ltd.

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