Saturday, March 26, 2011

Carmakers may rotate production

Kyodo News

Japanese automakers will consider running their factories in rotation to cut the industry's electricity consumption amid the current power shortages, sources said Saturday.

The carmakers have proposed rotating production to avoid power being rationed to the industry by utility companies, as scheduled blackouts would significantly lower efficiency at their factories, the sources said.

Rather than experiencing power outages, the manufacturers want to secure stable electricity supplies for their plants in exchange for cutting the industry's overall power consumption, they said.

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