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Information on earthquake in Japan

On March 11, a massive earthquake followed by a tsunami hit Japan and its pacific coast line. - So far we have no reports on injured Volvo Group employees. As far as we know all employees at our major facility in Ageo are safe, says Bengt Lundberg, Head of corporate security.

The Volvo Group’s main presence and production in Japan is centred around UD Trucks’ facilites in Ageo on the south east coast. All phone lines are down, and according to Bengt Lundberg, it is unclear how long it will be before there can be any further and more detailed information.

- We recommend all employees in Japan to report to their closest manager and to go home and see to their families. Visitors are to contact their travel agency. All trips to Japan should be cancelled until we know more about the situation.  Everyone is to listen to instructions from local authorities, says Bengt Lundberg.

Production in Ageo has stopped, but the main production facility so far seems to be intact, although further investigations are necessary in the days to come.

The Volvo Group has a total of 10 000 employees in Japan. Besides UD Trucks, the Volvo Group companies present in the country are Volvo 3P, Volvo IT, Volvo CE, Volvo Penta, Volvo Parts, Volvo Powertrain, Volvo Logistics, Volvo Financial Services, Volvo Business Services, Volvo Group NAP and Volvo Trucks.

UD Trucks also has some 3000  employees within it’s dealer network all over Japan, but their status is unclear so far and is expected to remain so for some time to come.

This information will be updated continuously.

Reporters who want more information, please contact Karin Wik, Volvo Group Media Relations, +46 31 66 13 50