Toy­ota says to restart Tian­jin plants post ex­plo­sion

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

TIAN­JIN: Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp plans to "grad­u­ally" restart from Thurs­day its man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tions near the Chi­nese port of Tian­jin, which has been halted af­ter the deadly chem­i­cal ex­plo­sions on Aug. 12, the com­pany said on Wed­nes­day. "From to­mor­row (Au­gust 27), we will be grad­u­ally restart­ing pro­duc­tion (at the af­fected plants in Tian­jin). We will con­tinue to pri­or­i­tize safety above ev­ery­thing else, and will pro­ceed with cau­tion while mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion," ac­cord­ing to a state­ment the com­pany is­sued.

Toy­ota halted oper­a­tions at two assem­bly fac­to­ries in Tian­jin in the af­ter­math of the Aug. 12 ex­plo­sions in part be­cause of what the com­pany de­scribed as safety haz­ards from the blasts. Two huge ex­plo­sions tore through a ware­house stor­ing dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals in the north­east­ern city on Aug. 12, killing at least 116 peo­ple and send­ing shock­waves through apart­ment blocks kilo­me­ters away. Author­i­ties there were slow to re­lease a list of the chem­i­cals be­ing stored, which in­cluded 1,300 tonnes of po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive ox­i­diz­ing chem­i­cals. Fire­fight­ers ini­tially fought the blaze with wa­ter, which ex­perts said may have com­bined with the chem­i­cals to form an ex­plo­sive gas.

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