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

The company has several key suppliers in Japan, including two that arelocated in the affected region. One such key supplier, which is thesource of product comprising approximately 9% of the company’s sales in2010, is located in the evacuation zone. As such, the company says it isnot clear when production will resume and product supply will beavailable from this supplier’s facility.

“Our Dentsply associates’ safety remains our utmost priority. We arecurrently assessing the impact that this natural disaster will have onour business and working diligently to minimize any disruption to ouremployees, 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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