Earthquake-Induced Shortages to Hit Dealer Parts & Service Next

Aftermarket Business - May 24, 2011

The earth­quake and tsuna­mi that hit Japan on March 11, along with the fail­ure of sev­er­al key nuclear pow­er facil­i­ties in that coun­try, have had a tremen­dous impact on the auto­mo­tive indus­try. With vehi­cle and parts plants in Japan expe­ri­enc­ing rolling black­outs, and much of the country’s key logis­tics and ship­ping infra­struc­ture dam­aged, auto pro­duc­tion was cut by as much as 40 to 50 per­cent by some Japan­ese OEMs. This has led to vehi­cle short­ages at deal­er­ships and shut­downs at Japan­ese-owned auto plants in oth­er parts of the world.