Earthquake Impact: Sony and Toshiba Facilities Closed in Japan
Mar 16, 2011
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The devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan has impacted a number of companies with headquarters or operations in Japan. Many firms are many voluntarily darkening their operations, even those located far from the devastated northeastern coast, to help in the nations efforts to conserve resources for vital services.
Sony voluntarily suspended operations at several sites in Japan. It said no significant injuries were reported at any of its sites as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.
On Monday, at least seven Sony sites in areas affected by the disaster suspended manufacturing. These sites make magnetic tapes, optical discs (CD, DVD, Blu-ray), optical devices, IC cards, semiconductor lasers, lithium Ion batteries, and surface mounting equipment.
Sony's Sendai Technology Center also ceased operation due to earthquake damage.
Sony Chemical & Information Devices' Kanuma Plant, Sony Energy Devices' Tochigi Plant, and Sony Corp.'s Atsugi Technology Center suspended operations on a voluntary basis to assist with the alleviation of widespread power outages.
Toshiba Corp., based in Tokyo, said on Monday that it would close nearly all its operations served by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which had requested all customers to cut electricity consumption by operating only essential services businesses.
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