When Japan was hit by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami back in March, most automakers were impacted by it in some way or another. Suppliers located around the world had to either cut back or halt production of parts, leaving automakers to scramble. General Motors decided to take on the challenge of making sure as many of its plants stayed operational as possible by employing a team of hundreds of employees working around the clock.
Termed “Project J,” employees on this project used creative problem solving to manage the disruption in supplies. In some cases, that meant shifting parts from low-volume plants like the plant in Shreveport, Louisiana to others. In other cases, GM sent teams to help out suppliers get their factories back up and running.
Will all these efforts put forth, GM says that its bottom line for 2011 won’t be significantly impacted by the Japanese earthquake.