Manufacturing halted in Hokkaido, Japan, due to earthquake-related power outage

By Mayumi Watanabe for S&P Global Platts

Sep 06, 2018

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Manufacturing operations in Hokkaido island in north Japan are likely to be suspended for about a week, due to power outage in the entire region following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake at around 03:08 am local time Thursday (11:08 GMT Wednesday).

Japan's Toyota Motor halted operation of its automotive component manufacturing plant in Tomakomai City, and steel plants of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corp, Japan Steel Works, and Mitsubishi Steel, all located in Muroran City, shut down due to the Hokkaido-wide power outage.

Three Japanese beer brewers Kirin, Asahi and Sapporo, the main end-users of aluminum sheets used for cans, also halted production at their Hokkaido plants.

Read the full story, "Power outage cripples manufacturing in quake-hit Hokkaido," from S&P Global Platts.