By Stephen Downer, Special to Tire Business
MEXICO CITY — A 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico Sept. 19 and claimed several hundred lives appears to have spared the country's tire retailing and manufacturing industry, according to the country's national dealers association.
“We made contact with our members on Sept. 19 and 20, and fortunately they reported no loss of life” among employees, Magda Olivia Espinosa Álvarez, ANDELLAC'S manager, told Tire Business by email Sept. 25.
ANDELLAC stands for Asociación Nacional de Distribuidores de Llantas y Plantas Renovadoras A.C.
Ms. Espinosa said the only reports the association had received at that point were of “light-to-medium” damages to tire retail outlets in the several states most impacted by the temblor, including Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla and the State of Mexico.
She added, however, that some members had asked for the names of specialist engineers, bringing up the possibility that some premises would remain closed until they could be declared structurally fit.