Japan’s earthquake shut down six Sony manufacturing facilities, other companies still assessing the situation
Yesterday Sony announced the imminent shut down and evacuation of their main manufacturing facilities, 6 most notably from the Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures which are located near the earthquakes epicenter. The shut down is a temporary precautious measure from Sony untill current damage to these buildings is properly measured. One building located in the Miyagi prefecture was hit by the tsunami and has it’s first floor completely flooded. These manufacturing facilities were responsible for the supply of Blu-ray parts, Li-Ion battery & optical disk production.
Except for Sony, there are still many other electronics companies in the affected areas who are assessing the situation as we speak. Rumors are spreading about the earthquake’s impact on NAND flash supply after this big hit that rendered world’s most notable companies, responsible for about 40% of the world’s NAND supply, somewhat limb. Especially when questioning the subject on logistics.
Fujitsu electronics has reported some minor damage and power outages in their Iwate facility which is responsible for the manufacturing of semiconductors. Toshiba on the other hand, who’s Iwata plant responsible for memory production is located closer to the quake’s affected area, is still assessing the damage caused by this natural disaster. Another facility from Toshiba, located near the coastline in Yokkaichi which is responsible for the production of NAND flash, was not particularly affected by the events. Another big company in the area is Toyota, world’s largest automaker had to close 3 factories for obvious reasons. Subaru made the same decision for 5 of their companies in the affected regions.
No confirmed news about Epson, Panasonic or Sharp yet, but we will inform you as soon as updates arise.