Arai Helmets’ operations in Japan were only slightly affected by the March 11 earthquake, the company announced Monday.
Its headquarters is located in Omiya, Japan, about 200 miles southwest of the point of major impact from the quake. A few of Arai’s factories sustained minor damage, but no employees were injured, according to a company spokesman.
Production has continued at the Arai factories. Operations have been subject to occasional power outages, which have lessened as of late. The company’s supply of some materials has been impacted, however, Arai says it has enough sources to fill its current need. The company’s regular suppliers are working to help Arai.
Michio Arai, president of Arai and son of the company’s founder, thanked the United States for its assistance in recovery after the disaster.
“Let me express my cordial thanks to the people of the United States,” he said in a release. “Our TV showed helicopters of U.S. troops being welcomed by refugees of the disaster, bringing supplies of food, goods and aid. They were very nice and warm scenes to see. Thank you.”