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

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016

The vulnerabilities of the tight supply chain at Toyota Motor Corp., often viewed as a model of efficiency, have again drawn the spotlight after earthquakes in southern Japan forced it along with other Japanese companies to curtail production.

Toyota’s decision to shut 26 car assembly lines nationwide due to production halts by two supplier plants shows how the auto maker’s system can be heavily impacted by disasters, despite lessons…


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