The impact of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami continues to cause problems in the supply chain.
The impact of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami continues to cause problems in the supply chain. A pigment widely used in car manufacturing, called Xirallic, was produced solely at a plant in Onahama, a town on the Japanese coast which was hit by last month's disaster. The shortage will limit the production of certain reds, blacks and greys. Ford is now no longer taking orders for its F-150 pickups in Tuxedo Black. Some items may take some time to become scarce in the supply chain, as inventories are used up and not replenished.
Business Continuity Managers should encourage their purchasing, contract and operational managers to look at their key supplies and identify any items which could have been affected by the tsunami. They should look for alternatives or source additional stock now, before it becomes scarce, before their competitors do the same.