Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Black cars in short supply as a result of tsunami

Who would have thought a quake could affect the colors of cars?

Ford Motor, whose founder once famously said that customers could buy his Model T “in any colour that he wants so long as it is black,” is now cutting off orders for Tuxedo Black paint on new cars. The color contains Xirallic, a paint additive only manufactured in a location close to the stricken Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan. Toyota, Chrysler, GM, Ford and others have all been affected by interruption in the supply of the metallic additive, which gives a glittering shine to red, black and other colors. 160 Xirallic plant staff and their families have been relocated and it is unclear when the plant, which was also damaged by the earthquake, will be able to resume production.
More details at Paintsquare.com.

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