Nissan says Canadian inventory good


Nissan Canada says the company has in excess of 70 days worth of inventory and that May ordering will be processed without delay for both Nissan and Infiniti product.

North American production intends to follow a “normal production schedule” through to at least April 1, the automaker added in a statement.

“The supply chain is being continuously assessed and Nissan’s teams are working to limit any potential for component shortages.”

Questions continue to swirl around the Japanese operations of automakers affected by the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan nearly two weeks ago.

Toyota Motor Corp. recently said it would keep vehicle production at all plants in Japan stopped until at least March 26. The company characterizes the impact on North American operations as “limited,” noting that, “all 13 North American vehicle and engine plants are running normally, although overtime has been curtailed to conserve parts that come from suppliers in Japan.”

Nissan says it is currently studying the potential of its Decherd, TN engine plant supplying VQ V-6 engines to Japan to replace lost production from the Iwaki engine plant, adding that no decisions have been made at this time.

Nissan LEAF vehicle and battery production resumed at the Oppama assembly and Zama battery plants on Thursday, March 24. The ability to sustain production will depend to a large degree on the frequency of rolling blackouts due to electricity shortages.
“Our supply chain teams in Japan and America continue to work relentlessly to resolve the bottlenecks as they appear, so that our manufacturing operations have an uninterrupted activity to support market needs,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas.