Advertisement

BMW and Volkswagen evacuate employees from Japan

News | March 17th, 2011 by 3
bmw-vw

Automotive News reports that BMW and Volkswagen are among many European nationals leaving Japan as the government battles to cool nuclear reactors damaged by last …

Automotive News reports that BMW and Volkswagen are among many European nationals leaving Japan as the government battles to cool nuclear reactors damaged by last week’s record earthquake.

Without a doubt Japan’s worst disaster since World War II, the major earthquake will have an impact on the country, its people and the economy for many years to come. Corporations are assessing whether efforts to prevent a nuclear spill would be successful. On Saturday, BMW, which employs over 750 people in Japan, gave its German staff the chance to leave the country and around 50 staff returned to Germany, a spokesman told Automotive News.

At the same time, Volkswagen, which employs 600 sales and technical staff in the country, repatriated 30 of its around 40 German staff on Wednesday, a VW spokesman told Automotive News Europe by telephone.

Other automakers are expected to follow.

[Source: AutoNews via Autoblog ]

  • Pingback: BMW and Volkswagen evacuate employees from Japan - Car News()

  • bob

    AT BMW AG’s Annual Accounts press conferences, Harald Krüger spoke on behalf of his fellow Board members about relocation efforts, since Saturday, for every employee in Japan.

    All of the Japanese nationals + families who accepted offer were moved from Tokyo to Western Japan into hotels/temp. housing.

    There were also people from BMW Korea who happened to be in Japan at the time. They’ve all returned home.

    On the manufacturing front, Norbert Reithofer said today that, a 5-6 week supply of gearboxes are en route. Supply impact(s) from electronic & semiconductor components are TBD.

    See: live video feeds on yesterday’s & today’s press conferences, which are availavble on The Group’s website.

  • Pingback: BMW and Volkswagen Pull their staff from Japan « Terry Sayther Automotive()

BMWBLOG

NEWSLETTER