Many of the early reports from supply chain companies following Friday's record-breaking earthquake were that “our people are safe.” There will no doubt be major repercussions felt throughout the supply chain, but in the interim, companies are rallying around relief efforts.
On Monday, Molex Inc. reported that its employees in Japan were safe and that none of its three facilities were damaged in the massive earthquake that struck Japan on March 11. Molex has major operations in Shizouka, Kagoshima, and Yamato City, none of which are in the northeastern part of the country that was hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami.
“Our first priority has been to make certain that our people were safe,” said Martin P. Slark, Molex's vice chairman and chief executive officer, in a press release. “None of our manufacturing operations were damaged and are operating normally today. However, we know that some of our customers and suppliers were not as fortunate and our thoughts are with them and all of the people of Japan as they deal with one of the worst disasters in Japan’s history.
“With the situation also evolving rapidly in regard to transportation and infrastructure issues, we do not yet know what the effect will be on Molex’s business. As we work to assess how this will affect Molex, our business continuity teams are working to ensure we continue to supply customers,” he said.
Other high-tech companies have issued press releases announcing their response to the earthquake. Here are some examples:
- Novellus Systems is committing $1 million in relief aid to the victims and families of Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan.
The Kyocera Group today announced that it will donate 100 million yen (US$1.22 million) for relief aid and reconstruction to the people and communities affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. The Kyocera Group would like to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt condolences to the people affected and to offer our sincere wishes for their recovery.
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. will donate a total of 500 million yen to aid and support victims affected by the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011.
Taking into account the needs of the areas that were affected, the Mitsubishi Electric Group will also coordinate a matching gift program, through which the company will match contributions to donations made by employees worldwide. Mitsubishi will also consider donations of company products and other goods.
The Mitsubishi Electric Group expresses its deepest sympathies for those affected by the disaster and sincerely hopes for a quick recovery.
- Advantest Corp. announced that it will donate 100 million yen (approximately US$1.2 million) for emergency aid to the victims of the Northeast Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and for reconstruction in the affected area. Advantest extends its sincere condolences to the survivors and the families of those who lost their lives in the earthquake.
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