Japan Earthquakes Rattle Toyota’s Vulnerable Supply Chain – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The vulnerabilities of the tight production supply chains at Japanese companies including Toyota Motor Corp., are back in the spotlight after earthquakes in southern Japan forced several to curtail output this week.

Toyota’s decision to shut 26 car assembly lines this week nationwide due to production halts by a supplier shows how the auto maker’s lean manufacturing system, often viewed as a model of efficiency, can be impacted by…


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