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General accident information
Class/Quality * * *
Year 2004
Summary Fire near painting line at car assembly plant
Country J
Location FACTORY
Chemicals Paint
Cause Unknown-cause
Fatalities/Injuries 0 / 0
Occurrences or events Fire, Fire fighting/Emergency response
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Country: JAPAN (J)
Date : 2004 1215

A fire halted production at two of four plants although one later came back on-line. The fire broke out near a painting line at the company???s plant, burning for about 7/hours before being extinguished at 0600 hours. Overnight production had also been suspended at the adjacent plant, which made a subcompact, but operations resumed at 0830 hours. Lost production at the two plants amounted to 472 vehicles.
The company was still assessing the damage to the plant and did not know when production could resume there. There were no injuries in the fire. The daily output of the plant was about 1000 vehicles. The company???s four car assembly plants produce a combined 898000 vehicles a year, including 236000 of the involved plant. The shutdown is the latest setback for the country???s car industry.
Japan???s second-biggest auto maker had cut back production because of a steel shortage. Japan???s biggest car maker planned to buy more steel from China and South Korea in the expectation that steel supplies in Japan would remain tight for a long time. Another car maker would cut domestic output in the second half to about 500000 units from the previously expected 530000 due to the shortage. Japanese steel makers were operating at full capacity because of strong demand from China.

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