Sony Group Operations Affected by Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Related Power Outages
Tsunami Ripple Effect: LTO Tape Shortages for
Sony and others....
Brief update(March 24):
Based on conversations with various reps and distributors today, it is believed
that other LTO Ultrium tape media manufacturers will experience shortages as
well in the months ahead, the majority of LTO Ultrium tape media is manufactured
in Japan including FujiFilm, Maxell, Sony, Imation, TDK, HP, IBM and Dell.
cont'd: Operations at several Sony
Corporation and Sony Group sites and facilities have been affected by the
Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami, and Sony is monitoring the
status of each of these sites on an on-going basis, while also considering the
most effective recovery measures. Sony also has responded to reports of
widespread power outages by voluntarily suspending operations at several sites.
No significant injuries have been reported to employees working at any of these
sites when the earthquake or tsunami occurred.
The company is currently evaluating the
full impact of the earthquake, tsunami and related power outages on Sony's
businesses and consolidated financial results.
As of 11:00 am, March 14 (JST),
manufacturing operations have been suspended at the following affected
・Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation,
・Tagajyo Plant (Miyagi Prefecture) <Magnetic
Tapes, Blu-ray Discs etc.>
・Tome Plant, Nakada/Toyosato Sites (Miyagi Prefecture) <
Optical devices, IC cards etc.>
・Sony Shiroishi Semiconductor Inc. (Miyagi Prefecture) <Semiconductor Lasers
・Sony Energy Devices
Corporation, Koriyama Plant (Fukushima Prefecture) <Lithium Ion Secondary
Devices Corporation, Motomiya Plant (Fukushima Prefecture) <Lithium Ion
Secondary Batteries etc.>
Manufacturing Systems Corporation, Kuki Plant (Saitama Prefecture) <Surface
mounting equipment etc.>
DADC Japan Inc., Ibaraki Facility (Ibaraki Prefecture) <CDs, DVDs etc.>
In addition to these manufacturing
sites, Sony Corporation Sendai Technology Center (Tagajyo, Miyagi) has ceased
operation due to earthquake damage. While certain production sites in Japan
other than those listed above have been moderately affected, there has been no
report of employee injury or facility damage, and operations continue. Possible
damage at other Sony Group companies in Japan is currently being reviewed.
Additionally, Sony Chemical & Information Devices Corporation, Kanuma Plant
(Tochigi Prefecture), Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Tochigi Plant (Tochigi
Prefecture) and Sony Corporation Atsugi Technology Center (Atsugi, Kanagawa)
temporarily suspended operations on a voluntary basis, to assist with the
alleviation of widespread power outages.