BANGKOK – March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan wreaked havoc throughout the supply chain, causing lengthy halts in production, not just domestically, but throughout the world. Thailand, which is a key manufacturing base for a string of Japan-based auto makers, including Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi, wasn’t exempt, as production of vehicles – even those with as high as 90% local content – ground to a halt as the pipeline for vital components ran dry. For the Japanese OEMs ...

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