March 2011 | Angeline Albert
Sony has suspended manufacturing at some plants in
Japan due to shortages of raw materials, components and power following the natural
disasters in the country.
These supply shortages have
caused five of the electronic manufacturer’s sites to undergo partial or total closures
this week, adding to six plants already shut down by the crisis. However,
another three previously suspended facilities have now resumed operations.
The factories hindered by
shortages produce camcorders, digital cameras, lenses, mobile phones,
headphones and televisions. Sony said it intends to resume manufacturing at the sites when it has
secured the supply of raw materials and parts. The sites will be shut at least
until 31 March.
a statement the company said: "Recovery plans to resume operations at most
of the remaining manufacturing sites damaged by the earthquake and tsunami have
already begun to be implemented.
the same time, manufacturing operations at certain manufacturing sites that
sustained no direct damage are now being affected by planned power outages as
well as shortages of raw materials and components, causing those sites to
temporarily suspend a part of their operations.”
The firm said it would rely
on its existing inventory to fulfil demand, and was considering moving
manufacturing overseas temporarily as an alternative.
Last week General Motors wasforced to abandon production
at one of its assembly plants in the US due to a scarcity of parts, and
research group iSuppli has warned of
“significant shortages” of electronic components
as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country.