Q: What is the state of production at the plants following the earthquake?
A: Despite the fact that the earthquake damaged five of our plants in Ibaraki Prefecture, we made efforts for an early recovery, so all of the plants had restarted production by March 28. The present operating rate of Tsuchiura Works, the main plant of Hitachi Construction Machinery, is about sixty percent of that before the earthquake. [Note: the operating rate as of April 25 is about eighty percent.]
There has not been any delay in production at overseas plants because they have stocks of components shipped before the earthquake.