Supply disruptions to last until fall

Kyodo

Supply chain disruptions for parts and raw materials that have occurred after the March 11 quake will likely be resolved by around the fall, a ministry official said Tuesday based on results of a survey of 55 quake-affected major manufacturers.

According to the survey, 85 percent of respondents producing industrial materials and 71 percent of those putting out finished products said they would be able to secure sufficient supplies by October.

The survey also showed that 64 percent of the manufacturers’ 70 production bases have been restored, although the ministry said it did not define the word “restored” in the survey.

“We are starting to overcome a situation in which we had trouble in the supply chain,” said the official of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. “We believe that this problem will be nearly resolved by the fall.”

The ministry conducted the survey between April 8 and April 15, covering manufacturers with production centers in Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Chiba prefectures.