Dentsply, York, Pa, recently reported that its primary facilities located in Tokyo and Nasu, Japan, were not in the immediate area of devastation, and did not sustain substantial damage from the March 11, 2011, earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. Additionally, the company reported that all of its Japan-based associates were safe.

The company has several key suppliers in Japan, including two that are located in the affected region. One such key supplier, which is the source of product comprising approximately 9% of the company’s sales in 2010, is located in the evacuation zone. As such, the company says it is not clear when production will resume and product supply will be available from this supplier’s facility.

"Our Dentsply associates’ safety remains our utmost priority. We are currently assessing the impact that this natural disaster will have on our business and working diligently to minimize any disruption to our employees, customers, and business partners," said Bret W. Wise, chairman and CEO.

Currently, Dentsply is preparing a donation through the International Red Cross to aid the Japanese people.

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