Tokyo - Sony today confirmed the safety of all of its employees in the region affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami and said it has resumed operations at several manufacturing sites.
Recovery plans to resume operations at most of the remaining manufacturing sites damaged by the earthquake and tsunami have already begun to be implemented, Sony said. At the same time, manufacturing operations at certain 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.
Sony said in its statement that at this time it will endeavor to maintain supplies of the listed products in the market through reliance on existing inventory, to the extent available. While Sony is making every effort to resume normal operations at these sites, in the event shortages of necessary raw materials and components at these sites will continue, the company is considering alternatives, including possibly temporarily shifting certain manufacturing operations overseas.
The current situation of each manufacturing site of Sony Group in Japan is as follows (with main products manufactured in parentheses) and dates following it:
Resumed or partially resumed manufacturing operations:
Sony Manufacturing Systems Corporation, Kuki plant in Saitama prefecture (surface mounting equipment), resumed March 15; Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation, Kanuma plant in Tochigi prefecture (bonding materials, optics materials) partially resumed on March 15; and Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Tochigi plant in Tochigi prefecture (lithium-ion secondary batteries), partially resumed March 22.
While manufacturing operations at the following manufacturing sites remain suspended, the company has begun inspection, restoration and repair of affected buildings and manufacturing equipment, Sony said.
Manufacturing operations suspended:
Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation, Tagajyo plant in Miyagi prefecture (magnetic tapes, Blu-ray discs); Tome plant, Nakada/Toyosato sites in Miyagi prefecture (optical devices, IC cards); Sony Shiroishi Semiconductor in Miyagi prefecture, (semiconductor lasers); Sony Energy Devices Corporation Koriyama plant in Fukushima prefecture (lithium-ion secondary batteries); Sony Energy Devices Corporation Motomiya plant in Fukushima prefecture (lithium-ion secondary batteries); Sony DADC Japan Ibaraki facility in Ibaraki prefecture (CDs, DVDs).
Manufacturing operations resuming intermittently:
These are plants that had no direct damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami but had suspended operations temporarily primarily due to planned power outages. However, it may have to suspend manufacturing operations temporarily again, depending on the planned power outage situation, the company said
Sony EMCS Corporation, Kisarazu Technology Center in Chiba prefecture (Blu-ray Disc recorder, home audio).
Plants to be temporarily closed based on the availability of raw materials and components:
These sites were not damaged by the earthquake and tsunami, Sony plans to temporarily suspend certain parts of its manufacturing operations at these sites on and after March 22 through March 31, depending on the availability of necessary raw materials and components. Sony intends to resume manufacturing operations at each of those sites as it secures raw materials and components.
Sony EMCS Corporation, Tokai Technology Center, Kosai Site in Shizuoka prefecture (broadcast and professional equipment); Kohda Site in Aichi prefecture (camcorders, digital still cameras), Minokamo Site in Gifu prefecture (lens for digital single-lens reflex cameras, cellphones); and Inazawa Site in Aichi prefecture (LCD TVs).
Also on this list is the Sony/Taiyo Corporation plant in Oita prefecture that makes microphones and headphones.