The tragedy in Japan is horrific from a human standpoint, but as a parochial businessman in the machining realm I’m also interested in how it affects my operation.
It appears that most Japanese machine tool builders suffered minimal damage because they are located far from the epicenter of the earthquake.
Citizen, Mori and Tsugami say they did not incur significant damage. Mazak has a facility in Sendai that was damaged, but it is not a big production plant. One builder that did incur damage is Citizen-owned Miyano, which has a plant closer to the site of the quake. Though nobody was killed or hurt, delays can be expected in shipments of parts and machines according to Miyano’s Web site.
Our machine tool dealership Graff-Pinkert & Co. is making a contribution to the Red Cross for Japanese relief. We received heartfelt emails yesterday from two dealers in Japan we have done business with in the past and machine tool builder Mitsui Seiki.
The following are excerpts from the notes sent by Makoto Torazawa of San-Ei Trading in Nagoya, Y. Sato of STI Products in Nagoya, and Mitsui Seiki’s Scott Walker and Koichi “Ken” Iwakura.
From Mr. Terazawa,
Thank you for your wonderful support for the disaster which occurred in Japan last Friday.
The northern pacific coast area of Japan is in a critical situation. Also, the leak of radioactivity from a nuclear power station is another big problem. Fortunately, our place in Nagoya had very little damage and all of our family, colleagues and friends had no problem since we are quite far from the epicenter.
For the time being, Japan is facing very difficult situation. However, we believe we will see the light with the help of friends all over the world.
From Mr. Sato,
Nagoya is far away from the focus of this earthquake. My team and family are okay.
Personally this earthquake scared me very much with the devastating tsunami. According to yesterday’s newspaper, 2000 corpses were found and we may have a nuclear disaster. It is a tragedy.
But we Japanese are trying to rebuild Japan soon with help from all over the world, including you.
From Scott Walker and Koichi “Ken” Iwakura
Thank you for your heartfelt inquiries about us after the major earthquake and tsunami events in Japan. We are very fortunate. Our employees and their families are all accounted for and safe. Our factory only experienced very minor damage that has been inspected and addressed already. There are challenges, of course, particularly with the country-wide energy conservation strategies; however we are working around those temporary tactics effectively. We are continuing to support our customers, and our deliveries remain on schedule. We value our business relationship with you, and on behalf of the entire Mitsui Seiki staff, we have been touched deeply by your concern, encouraging words, and gestures of support.
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