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May 10, 2011
TOKYO -- Merck KGaA, the pigment maker whose lost production forced some carmakers to stop taking orders for cars of certain colors, has resumed operations at its earthquake-damaged plant in Japan several weeks ahead of schedule.
Merck resumed production at its Onahama factory on Sunday, the company said in a statement. It expects to reach full production in June.
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This news might be of some relief to the car makers as the Japanese pigment factory that is the sole producer of a pigment used in metallic automotive coating systems has been restarted two months after the March 11 earthquake in Japan damaged the facility and forced it shut down.
According to reports, it was mentioned that as the only supplier in the world of the pigment, most auto manufacturers have been impacted by the shuttered plant and forced to change the paint schemes they use on many of their vehicles. The metallic colors are popular with consumers.
The reports have mentioned that announcing the restart of the plant, Germany's Merck KGaA, owner of the Xirallic plant, said it would establish a second manufacturing facility for the pigment in Germany
so there would be a second source of supply. It was also reported that the decision comes after numerous customers have been critical of the single-source of supply and some have suggested that Merck should have a competitor.
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Chrysler Moves up Summer Plant Shutdowns to June
SharePost a CommentPrintText Size- / +By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer
DETROIT May 13, 2011 (AP)
Chrysler is moving the traditional summer shutdown of three U.S. factories from July to June due to parts shortages from the earthquake in Japan, but it said Friday that it doesn't expect that to affect the number of models it had planned to deliver.