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Japan earthquakes hit Sony’s manufacturing sites

Japan earthquakes hit Sony’s manufacturing sites
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Sony Group says some of its manufacturing sites were affected by the earthquakes of April 14 and subsequent earthquakes in the Kumamoto region of Japan.

According to the Japanese technology company, operations at Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s Kumamoto Technology Centre located in Kikuchi Gun, Kumamoto Prefecture, which primarily manufactures image sensors for digital cameras and security cameras as well as micro-display devices, were halted after the earthquake on April 14, and currently remain suspended.

According to Sony, Damage to the site’s building and manufacturing lines is currently being evaluated, and with aftershocks continuing, the timeframe for resuming operations has yet to be determined.

Meanwhile some of the manufacturing equipment at Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s Nagasaki Technology Centre (located in Isahaya City, Nagasaki Prefecture), which is Sony’s main facility for smartphone image sensor production, and Oita Technology Centre (located in Oita City, Oita Prefecture), which commenced operations as a wholly-owned facility of Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation on April 1, had been temporarily halted, the affected equipment has been sequentially restarted from April 17, and production has resumed.

Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s Kagoshima Technology Centre (located in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture) has continued its production operations after the earthquakes, and there have been no major effects on its operations.

Sony confirmed the safety of all of its and its group companies’ employees in the region affected by the earthquakes.

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