Nissan aims to have plants running by mid-April

Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday that it will resume normal operations in mid-April at nearly all of its Japanese plants.

TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday that it will resume normal operations in mid-April at nearly all of its Japanese plants. After the March 11 tsunami, Nissan shut down its entire auto production in Japan from March 14 to 16. All auto plants have been running at limited capacity due to parts shortages, but the company expects to start receiving supplies again.

“However, as the delivery of parts will still take time to be fully re-established, operation levels will still be limited, depending on the delivery status from suppliers,” the company said in a statement.

An engine plant damaged by the tsunami will take longer to restore. Nissan said the Iwaki factory — one of its two engine factories in Japan — will begin partial operations in mid-April. It hopes the plant will be completely back online by the end of April.