DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH expects to resume full production in Japan by September, said Peter Marks, head of the company's North American unit.
Output has fallen less than 50 percent after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Marks said, declining to be more specific. The closely held company employs 8,000 people in Japan in 36 facilities, including factories, sales offices and research sites.
"It has impacted our production schedule inside Japan because our customers in Japan had shutdowns," Marks said in an interview Thursday in suburban Detroit. "There will be no material impact. This thing, it will be very temporary, a dip, if at all for us."
Bosch, which received about 59 percent of its 47.3 billion euros ($68.6 billion) in revenue last year from autos, returned to profitability last year after an unprofitable 2009 -- the first annual loss in its 125-year history.