Close to Nuclear Site, Alpine Employees Safe

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Although Alpine facilities are close to the hardest hit disaster area in Japan, the company reported no injuries to its employees and their family members, a relief to all of us watching news accounts of Japan’s suffering after Friday’s earthquake.

An Alps Electric Facility in Iwata Japan near nuclear facility is closed until Monday
Alps Electric plant in Iwata City

Alpine’s headquarters in Iwaki, is 50 km from the nuclear power plants leaking radiation. There is an evacuation order for anyone within 30 km of the nuclear plants, said the company. Aftershocks are another concern.

Alpine said its car stereo aftermarket products will not see supply problems as the majority of products are sourced in China. There is also a full supply of product available or in transit to North America.

Regarding OEM auto products, Alpine said is still assessing any risk of future product delays or shortages.

Alpine’s headquarters and nearby affiliate plants will be closed through Monday. The headquarters did undergo some damage, which is still being assessed.

Alpine added in a statement, “The damage to the Japan public infrastructure is severe and it is unclear when manufacturing and shipments will return to normal levels…We ask for your understanding during this unexpected and unfortunate situation, as well as your ongoing cooperation and support.”

It added, “we would like to express our sincere condolences to the victims of the March 11th earthquake in Japan, as well as our gratitude to all of our North American customers, business partners and those in the general public who have expressed concern for our employees at our Headquarters facility in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.”

Source: Alpine Electronics of America

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