Toyota brake supplier Advics reports Japan plant explosion
Advics Co., a supplier of braking components to Toyota Motor Corp., reported an explosion at one of its factories in central Japan's Aichi prefecture, a fire department official said.
Four people were sent to the hospital and one person was seriously injured, said the official, who asked not be named citing department policy. The explosion occurred at 12:05 p.m. on Monday near the painting line for brakes at Advics's Kariya plant and the extent of damage is being checked, the company said in a statement. Toyota has been forced to halt domestic assembly plants twice this year. An explosion and fire at a factory run by affiliate Aichi Steel Corp. disrupted engine, transmission and chassis component supply in February. The automaker has also estimated losing output of about 80,000 vehicles due to the earthquakes that struck the southern island of Kyushu in April. The quakes were Japan's worst since March 2011. Advics is majority owned by Toyota group supplier Aisin Seiki Co. and counts Denso Corp., Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. and Toyota as minority shareholders. Aisin Seiki fell 0.1 percent at the close of Tokyo trading Monday, erasing an earlier gain after report of the explosion.