Recovery works of the losses caused by the Kumamoto earthquakes in Japan are on the progress and our wishes are with all the victims and survivors.
But in this sad time, one great news is reaching to us that Sony will soon back to its production as the news said the Kumamoto Technology Center operated by Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. should resume very shortly. The world knows that Sony is the leader in Imaging solution, either sensor production for other camera manufacturers or the one who depends on the Sony fab line to manufacture their own sensor designs, this earthquake has highly damaged the business of Sony from each side.
But Sony assured us that they are backing to their work soon by getting this plant up and running again.
May 13, 2016: The status of Sony Group business operations affected by the earthquake of April 14, 2016 and subsequent earthquakes in the Kumamoto region, as of today, is as follows:
- Operations at Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s Kumamoto Technology Center (located in Kikuchi Gun, Kumamoto Prefecture), which is the primary manufacturing site of image sensors for digital cameras and security cameras as well as micro-display devices, had been suspended due to the impact of the earthquakes. However, as of May 9, 2016, testing operations, which are one of the back-end processes carried out on the upper layer of the building, have resumed and other back-end processes, such as assembly, are also expected to restart sequentially beginning May 17, 2016.
- Wafer processing operations located on the lower layer of the building are expected to restart sequentially beginning May 21, 2016.
- Although there was a delay in the supply of components to Sony from certain third-party suppliers that also have manufacturing facilities in the Kumamoto region, inventory adjustments have been made and a timeframe for regaining supply levels is now in place, so no material impact is anticipated on Sony’s business operations.
Sony’s losses may also affect other manufacturers too but our affirmative thinking is that Sony will quickly heal the situation and will give some technically excellent camera once again for their passionate photographers…