Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan on 11 March 2011, the country’s leading cement producer, Taiheiyo Cement, immediately organised an Emergency Task Force led by company president Mr Tokuue to assess damage to plant equipment and facilities, and to implement recovery action.
On 15 March, Taiheiyo confirmed the safety of all 156 employees at its Ofunato plant in Iwate prefecture, a coastal town in the north-east of the country.
The cement plant, however, has suspended operations due to damage to equipment and facilities. Taiheiyo Cement will continue to conduct a more detailed assessment of the earthquake damage , it said in a statement.
The task force has established a ‘Kitakami Satellite’ to collect information and provide support for the damaged plant. Taiheiyo has also begun to dispatch trucks loaded with emergency provisions to Ofunato City. The first trucks were dispatched on 17 March and carried supplies of emergency provisions, mainly food and clothes.
Eight Taiheiyo service stations in the Tohoku region have also sustained some damage and are presently unable to ship products or receive supplies. These include: Hachinohe East SS, Hachinohe West SS (both in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture); Shiogama East SS, Shiogama West SS (both in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture),; Sendai SS (Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture); Soma SS (Soma, Fukushima Prefecture); Onahama North SS, Onahama South SS (Iwaki,
Taiheiyo Cement would like to express its sincere condolences to all victims of the earthquake and tsunami.