OESA Open Letter from the President: Japan Crisis

A Japanese Father prepares to flee with his 4 month-old daughter on hearing new Tsunami warnings
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Publisher’s note: Being in receipt of this communication from long time colleague Neil De Koker, we thought we might present his letter in its entirety, which represents OESA’s concerns and activities relative to the Japan disaster.

eMOTION! REPORTS.com shares these concerns and urge our automotive and aerospace industry associates to look for new and innovative ways to assist an innovative and historically resolute, self sufficient, culture to return to that state as expeditiously as possible.

Lastly, and in conjunction with OESA’s laudable initiatives,we highly recommend support of the World Food Programme’s (http://www.wfp.org/) Japan disaster relief efforts.

Carpe diem,
Myron D. Stokes, Publisher


March 18, 2011

OESA Open Letter from the President: Japan Crisis

Dear Myron,

One week after the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan, many find themselves with more questions than answers regarding the scope of the calamity, and the extent of the human toll. I have been deeply affected by the turn of events in Japan, having many friends and colleagues who are experiencing the crisis first hand. It is indeed a very grim reality that has touched many in the supplier community, both personally and professionally. We have a number of Japanese member companies within the OESA family, and stand ready to assist in whatever way we can.

I want to take this opportunity to direct members to the OESA website for information from our affiliate members on the impact of the disaster on light vehicle production and supply chain disruption. We will keep this updated on an ongoing basis. Notable is the IHS update on light vehicle production, and their information on OEM production losses. Visit http://www.oesa.org and review the Japan Earthquake Resource Center on the home page.

We have had requests from members to survey suppliers on the impact to the supply chain and production schedules, so we are rolling out a short survey to take the pulse of the member base on these issues. All OESA company member representatives will receive a request for participation in a separate e-mail. Survey results will be tabulated and shared with respondents. The results will also assist OESA staff in deploying association resources to address issues that are most important.

Lastly, there have been many efforts launched to raise funds for disaster relief. The Japanese Red Cross Society suggests that donations be made to your local Red Cross. CLICK HERE to join OESA in supporting the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund.

In closing, we are focusing association efforts on disseminating information, addressing member needs and concerns, and working with member companies to provide services, connections and resources to help us all weather this crisis.

As always, I welcome your comments and thoughts on this or any other subject.

Neil De Koker
President and CEO
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