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News   April 5, 2006   by Auto Service World

Takata takes charge after explosion


International auto supplier Takata Corp. is working quickly to ensure that its big industry clients are still receiving their airbag orders, after four explosions ripped through the Mexican manufacturing plant last week.
Located in Ciudad, about 125 miles from the U.S. border, the blasts reportedly started in the airbag propellant storage area of the plant.
The strong blasts were also able to damage the adjacent airbag inflator assembly plant.
Luckily, it appeared as though no one was hurt in the explosions, and the company is already working out solutions to keep its parts, or at least some parts, circulating around the globe.
Takata spokesman Alby Berman said Tuesday: “We expect to meet customer demand with our components or with those of a competitor,” Berman said. Though he declined to identify the competitor who offered aid, that company has since been identified is Greening Donald Co, Ltd.
According to the report, Takata ships much of its airbag components via train. As a result, the company has considerable inventory en route and away from the factory at any given time.
Berman said no automaker customer has cut production due to a lack of Takata airbags.
Takata supplies Honda, General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Nissan, Toyota and DaimlerChrysler.


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