Nissan, SanDisk give status on Japanese operations

Nissan and SanDisk recently released statements regarding their Japanese operations, following the disastrous earthquake and tsunamis that hit the country on Friday.

Nissan and SanDisk recently released statements regarding their Japanese operations, following the disastrous earthquake and tsunamis that hit the country on Friday.

Nissan confirmed that all their Japan-based employees are safe, and have since suspended operations at all its plants throughout the country. Nissan's global headquarters, located in Yokohama, was not significantly affected. Its team in the Americas is currently monitoring the situation.

The company's media advisory stated "We do not believe our operations have been significantly affected. Here in the Americas we are operating normally and we do not anticipate any immediate impact on Americas operations, facilities, dealers or customers."

Besides Nissan, Toyota and Honda also have operations in the country, resulting in many of Japan's auto plants to be shut down through the end of this week.

Meanwhile, two Toshiba-SanDisk joint-venture semiconductor manufacturing plants, located in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, is approximately 500 miles from where the earthquake hit.

"Both fabs were down for a short period of time due to the earthquake and were back up and operational as of Friday morning, Pacific Time," read a statement from SanDisk. "There were no injuries to SanDisk employees based in Japan. SanDisk's current assessment is that there has been minimal immediate impact on wafer output due to the earthquake. SanDisk continues to assess the situation for any potential future impact that may arise from issues related to Japanese infrastructure and the supply chain."

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