Sony cease production CMOS sensors for smartphones after Japan earthquake

Apr

18

2016

Sony has two of its plants where the image sensors for smartphone cameras will be shut down temporarily. That has to do with the earthquakes that have plagued Japan in recent days. It is unclear when production can be resumed.

In Kumamoto, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, the production is completely shut down, so did Reuters recorded on the basis of statements from Sony. A factory in Nagasaki, which also lies on Kyushu, has suffered from the earthquake, but the production did not have to be shut down only partially. Sony is in the factories image sensors based on CMOS. These are used for smart phone cameras, which are used by several manufacturers, including Apple.

A Sony spokesman did not immediately expect problems due to temporary production stop. There is enough inventory to meet demand in the coming days. It is still unclear when the two plants again able to run at full speed. Sony states in the coming days to make known about the scale of production stop. First examines the extent to which both plants are damaged.

Not only Sony is struggling with the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan. Even automakers Mitsubishi, Honda and Toyota had to temporarily cease production. Also here is the extent of the damage, in many cases, is not yet clear.

Kyushu had faced in the past week with two earthquakes, which have killed at least 32 people. There are still looking for survivors. By poorly rescue operations are hampered again, making it possible death toll continues to rise.

It is more common that the technology sector is struggling with production problems after an earthquake in Japan. Thus arose major problems after a major earthquake in 2011, so many companies had to shut down their factories. Sony stopped when production at six plants.

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