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Sony restart more plants in Japan: supply problems

Sony were hit hard when the earthquake disaster hit Japan. Latest news has reached us that they have managed to get all but two of their factories up and running again.

Sony’s semiconductor last factory in Miyagi prefecture has partially restarted yesterday with other factories coming online over the last week. Sony haven’t discussed the operational capacity of the factories yet, but the partial return means they are on the path to recovery.

Until recently, their production had been suspended at 10 sites, but as from last night, only two are stopped.

The Sony Sendai Technology Center in Tagajo, Miyagi prefecture makes professional media products such as blank blu ray discs and tapes for TV cameras. Workers are still trying to clean this factiry as it was hit hard by the tsunami.

The other factory is a lithium ion battery factory in Motomiya, in Fukushima prefecture – this plans to restart production by the end of April.

Sony has yet to issue a statement regarding the Sendai plant and there is as yet no estimate for when it might be back online.

Other Sony factories across Japan have been forced to adjust production schedules because of the disruption to the supply chain for various raw materials.

They said “The Company is continuing to evaluate the full impact of the earthquake, tsunami and related power outages, including the impact of these production adjustments, on Sony’s businesses and consolidated financial results.”

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