Edmund Optics reports minimal damage to Japanese facility after earthquake, but product transport affected

Edmund Optics has reported that all company employees in Japan are safe and that there has been no major structural damage to its factory in Akita Prefecture as a result of the earthquake that occurred on March 11. Shipping has been severely restricted but EO is working with shipping carriers to address potential solutions.

Mar 14th, 2011

Edmund Optics (EO; Barrington, NJ, USA) has reported that all company employees in Japan are safe and that there has been no major structural damage to its factory in Akita Prefecture as a result of the earthquake that occurred on Friday, March 11, 2011. EO will continue to assess any potential damage to the infrastructure stability, impact on work in progress, and inventory levels to determine the status of supply chain logistics. Delays in shipment are expected due to intermittent electricity, fuel rationing, infrastructure damage, and inaccessibility to major transportation. Shipping has been severely restricted in the region but EO is actively working with shipping carriers to address potential solutions.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our concern for the safety and survival of the citizens of Japan are foremost in our hearts," says Thomas Kessler, VP of global sales. "Our commitment to our customers is also extremely important and we are working unceasingly to meet our obligations with minimal disruption to service."

Kessler says that the manufacturing operations staff is focused on getting all critical equipment up and running “with an emphasis on thin films coatings.” The staff are following all government guidelines for electricity conservation. The company may transfer qualified projects to its Singapore and Pennsburg, PA facilities if possible.

Customers can contact the sales department at (856) 547-3488 or via the Edmund Optics web site.

SOURCE: Edmund Optics

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