(Refiles to clarify in paragraph 4 that Boeing was co-host of
event in Tokyo)
TOKYO, July 4 Boeing said on Monday it is
considering building a new supplier system to minimise the
impact of natural disasters on its operations, after a massive
earthquake in Japan hurt production of the aerospace and defence
firm's long-delayed 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
March's quake and tsunami wrought havoc on supply chains in
a raft of industries, causing global shortages of items ranging
from semiconductors to paint used in car production.
The CEO of Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Jim Albaugh, said the
company is looking hard at its supplier relationships and the
possibility of dual-sourcing critical parts.
"We want to make very sure that in the future we have a
production system that is not impacted by natural catastrophe
that could occur anywhere in the world," Albaugh told reporters
on the sidelines of an event co-hosted by the company in Tokyo's
About 35 percent of the Dreamliner is being developed and
manufactured by Japanese firms including Kawasaki Heavy
Industries , Fuji Heavy Industries and
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries .
All Nippon Airways Co , the launch customer for the
Dreamliner, expects to take first delivery of the plane
sometimes in August or September.
The lightweight, carbon-composite Dreamliner is already more
than three years behind its original delivery target of May 2008
due to production and labour problems.
(Reporting by Mariko Katsumura; Editing by Joseph Radford)