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Factbox: Japan quake's impact on U.S. companies
March 11, 2011 / 6:27 PM / 7 years ago

Factbox: Japan quake's impact on U.S. companies

(Reuters) - U.S. companies reported varying impact from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Japan on Friday.

AIRLINES:

- AMR Corp’s American Airlines canceled all of its Japan operations for Friday. The carrier said it had six flights inbound to Tokyo at the time of the earthquake.

- United Continental Holdings diverted seven United flights and two Continental flights from the United States that were bound for Tokyo’s Narita airport, where United has a hub. The company canceled 10 United Narita-bound flights for Friday and one Continental Narita-bound flight, although limited service remains.

- Delta Air Lines said it had canceled flights at airports in Japan. But the carrier, which has a hub at Narita and operations at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, did not immediately have a total number of cancellations.

AEROSPACE:

- Boeing Co said its operations in Nagoya, 160 miles west of Tokyo were not hit hard, and employees were back at work. The company reported no major disruptions at other parts of its supply chain based in Japan.

BANKS:

- Bank of America Corp, whose operations in Japan are primarily those acquired in the Merrill Lynch buyout in 2008, expects to open for business on Monday. All employees who were at its Tokyo office at the time of the quake have been accounted for, and the bank is currently in the process of contacting those who were out of the office. The bank has no reports of employee injuries or fatalities.

- Citigroup said its business operations had experienced minimal impact, but some Citibank Japan Ltd retail banking branches will not operate their usual Saturday banking operations. All other services, including Internet banking, telephone banking and ATMs are operating as normal. All its employees were accounted for and there were no reported injuries.

- Goldman Sachs Group Inc said it had no reported injuries to its people and no impact to its building. A spokesman declined to comment on whether Goldman would resume operations on Monday.

- Wells Fargo and Co said all its employees were accounted for and safe, but its two locations in Tokyo sustained minor damage. The bank plans to resume operations on Monday in those locations or at an alternative location.

- JPMorgan Chase & Co said its systems remain operational and all its employees are safe, and it continues to serve clients.

CARS:

- The earthquake threatens to crimp U.S.-bound exports of Japanese vehicles and parts in coming months. All major ports in Japan were shut, and if they stay closed for an extended period, exports of Japanese automobiles to North America could be delayed,

- Toyota Motor Corp has stopped production at two assembly plants and a parts factory in northern Japan. The smallest Toyota model sold in the North American market, the Yaris, is built at one of the shuttered plants.

- Honda Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co and Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd also halted operations temporarily.

CHEMICALS:

- A Dow Chemical plant north of Tokyo that makes ion exchange resins used for water treatment experienced flooding, but there were no reports of injuries or environmental damage. The facility was built in 1993 by Rohm & Haas, which Dow acquired in 2009. Dow has 31 facilities in Japan, and a spokesman said limited communication was making it hard to gauge the full impact.

- DuPont, which has a large petrochemical joint venture with Mitsui Chemicals Inc in Japan, said some ceiling tiles fell at a Tokyo office. The company also reported minor damage to ceilings, walls and windows, as well as some piping at its engineering polymers facility in Utsunomiya, Japan. No injuries were reported.

CONSUMER PRODUCTS:

- Procter & Gamble Co temporarily suspended operations at one plant in Japan as a safety precaution. It said the majority of its employees in Japan have been accounted for, and its Japan offices have been confirmed safe.

ENERGY:

- Chevron Corp said its refineries in Hawaii and California were preparing to respond ahead of the tsunami.

- PG&E Corp said it declared an unusual event at its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California due to the tsunami warning, which is normal operating procedure, but both reactors there were operating normally.

- Valero Energy Corp, which operates two refineries in California, said it was monitoring reports regarding the tsunami alert but had not altered production at its refineries.

- Tesoro Corp closed a few retail stations in some low-lying areas of Hawaii as a precaution and was monitoring operations at its refineries in Hawaii, Alaska, California and Washington.

INSURANCE:

- Aflac Inc, the largest foreign insurer in Japan, has “rather limited” financial exposure to the earthquake and tsunami, its chief executive said. Aflac sells supplemental disability insurance but not property insurance, and it generates about 75 percent to 80 percent of its sales and profit in Japan. Its Tokyo office has resumed operation while its small Sendai facility remains closed.

- AIG, the largest foreign property and casualty insurer in Japan, said it would take time to assess the damage from the quake. AIG’s Chartis has an 8 percent share of the Japanese property and casualty market.

MANUFACTURING:

- Caterpillar Inc, which has about 5,000 employees in Japan, said initial evaluation found no injuries to its staff and no damage to its major operations in Japan. These include manufacturing facilities in Sagami and Akashi and Caterpillar Japan’s headquarters office in Tokyo.

- 3M Co said initial reports indicated that its personnel in Japan were safe after the quake but that some of its buildings sustained minor damage.

RETAIL:

- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it has only a few stores in the north of Japan. While it continued to assess damage to its facilities in Japan, the majority of the business is expected to open on Saturday, pending availability of public transportation and power.

SERVICES:

- FedEx Corp said it had suspended all pickup and delivery services in eastern Japan.

TELECOMS:

- AT&T Inc reported some damage to equipment on the ground and some undersea cables have been impacted. It said it was working to reroute affected customers’ traffic to unaffected circuits, and customer impact was minimal.

- Verizon Communications Inc said it had no problems, although one of its local providers had to evacuate its cable station out of concern about flooding.

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