Many Japanese CE Facilities Damaged, Closed


New York - Many CE production plants and facilities in Japan were either damaged or closed in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit the nation.

Facilities were closed due to direct damage from the disaster, efforts trying to locate and rescue employees, or from a lack of electrical power because of nuclear power plant shutdowns.

Here, in alphabetical order, are statements from a variety of companies issued on the web or sent to TWICE since

our initial reports

last Friday:


Based in Taiwan, HTC said the disaster "has not had a significant impact on its global business to date." Peter Chou,  HTC CEO, said, "HTC global supply chain and distribution channels remain unaffected and operating as normal. We have a comprehensive business continuity strategy and framework in place, which activates a secondary supply chain, in the event of a crisis or natural disaster ... HTC is also working closely with our global supply chain and distribution channel partners to monitor the situation in Japan, and will take any necessary steps to ensure that our operations remain business unaffected."


The company

and JVC Kenwood Car Electronics have offices in Yokohama and Hachijoi, both outside the tsunami-devastated areas of Japan. Offices there were "shaken up" but "largely undamaged," said U.S. senior VP Keith Lehmann. Hachijoi is north of Tokyo but inland in the western central part of Japan. Yokohama is closer to Tokyo.

The "vast majority" of Kenwood products are produced in Malaysia and China, and so production there won't be interrupted, he said. Some high-tech parts used by the offshore factories, such as semiconductors, originate in Japan, but Lehmann didn't know the degree to which supplies of those parts have been affected. In any case, many of these parts are also sourced offshore, and Kenwood could go to its offshore sources to pick up the slack, he said.


The camera company said its Sendai pro d-SLR factory in the Miyagi prefecture was damaged, and operations have been halted as officials continue to assess the full extent the disaster's impact. The factory is used to produce Nikon's professional d-SLRs, including the D3x, D3s and D700 cameras.

The company group reported an undisclosed number of employees were injured in the quake, but details were being withheld pending further investigations into the safety of employees and their families. In the meantime, the group has set up emergency headquarters for disaster control.

Also sustaining damage to facilities and/or equipment were group companies, including Sendai Nikon Corporation, Miyagi Nikon Precision, Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Tochigi Nikon Corporation, Tochigi Nikon Precision Co. and other subsidiaries, including certain plants.

In a statement, the company said it is "endeavoring to normalize our business as early as possible through our Business Continuity Management teams established in each in-house company."


A spokesman in the U.S. said its offices and facilities in Tokyo and Osaka were not directly affected by the earthquake or tsunami.


As of 11 a.m. local time Monday in Japan (10 p.m. Sunday EST in the U.S.), Panasonic reported an update on its employees and operations.

Panasonic said there were minor injuries to the employees in its AVC Networks Company Fukushima factory (manufacturing digital cameras); AVC Networks Company Sendai factory (manufacturing optical pickups); Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd. Koriyama factory (manufacturing electronic materials); and Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. Gunma factory (manufacturing washer/dryers, etc.).

Panasonic said in a statement that fires or major damage to facilities have not been reported and that "we are suspending operations in the factory affected by the earthquake and continuing to evaluate further details of the damage."


The epicenter of the earthquake was approximately 500 miles from Yokkaichi, in the Mie prefecture, the location of the two Toshiba-SanDisk joint-venture semiconductor manufacturing plants, Fab 3 and Fab 4. Both fabs were down for a short period of time due to the earthquake and were back up and operational" as of Friday morning, March 11. There were no injuries to SanDisk employees based in Japan. SanDisk's current assessment is that there has been minimal immediate impact on wafer output due to the earthquake. SanDisk continues to assess the situation for any potential future impact that may arise from issues related to Japanese infrastructure and the supply chain.


Through its U.S. operation, the company issued a statement expressing "deepest sympathy to all the people affected by this earthquake. There are no extensive damages to our buildings or production facilities in Japan including our plant located in Yaita-city, Tochigi prefecture." Its LCD panel production facilities located in Sakai-city, Kameyama-city, Taki-cho and Tenri-city are operating normally.


The company issued the following update at 11 a.m. on Monday, Japan local time: "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 ongoing 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."

Manufacturing operations have been suspended at the following affected production sites: Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation, Tagajyo plant (Miyagi prefecture) where magnetic tapes and Blu-ray discs are manufactured; Tome plant, Nakada/Toyosato sites (Miyagi prefecture), where optical devices, IC cards are made; Sony Shiroishi Semiconductor in Miyagi prefecture; Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Koriyama plant (Fukushima prefecture), a lithium-ion secondary batteries facility; Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Motomiya plant (Fukushima prefecture), also lithium-ion secondary batteries facility; Sony Manufacturing Systems Corporation, Kuki plant (Saitama prefecture), which makes surface mounting equipment; and Sony DADC Japan, Ibaraki facility (Ibaraki prefecture), which makes CDs and DVDs.

In addition, Sony Corporation Sendai Technology Center (Tagajyo, Miyagi prefecture) 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, other plant operations have temporarily suspended operations on a voluntary basis to assist with the alleviation of widespread power outages, Sony said.


: The company closed for the day all of its facilities "in those areas with power outages, other than its headquarters and those business operations related to essential services," Toshiba said in a statement.

It reported Friday in a statement that there was no damage to its CE facilities or to their employees.

In a statement on its site today ,the company said it would cooperate with Tokyo Electric Power's "request to cut electricity consumption by operating those businesses related to provision of essential services required to social and economic activities."


: Tak Nakata, president of Yamaha Corporation of America, who is currently in Hamamatsu, Japan, issued the following statement: "On behalf of Yamaha, I wish to thank our business partners in the United States for their thoughts and prayers in response to the earthquake that impacted Japan and the Pacific basin.

"As far as we know, no Yamaha employees have been injured as a result of this disaster. Also, there has been no significant damage to our offices or factories. It is still too early to determine if this ongoing situation will affect shipments due to the currently unknown impact on ports, vessels and shipping lanes. We will provide additional information just as soon as it is made available to Yamaha." -

Reporting by Steve Smith, Joseph Palenchar, Greg Tarr and Doug Olenick


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