Sony Ericsson has issued a press release today about the horrible disaster in Japan. They express sympathy for the people of Japan, show concern for the 1100 Sony Ericsson employees in Japan, and let us know that the situation is likely to disrupt their supply chain for components.
Northern Japan manufactures a large portion of the worlds electronic components, so this news is not unexpected. Whether other companies come forward with similar press releases or not, this will effect most manufacturers of consumer electronic goods.
It's important to remember that factories and engineering offices can be rebuilt, but the human factor is the most important issue. We here at Android Central want to express our deepest sympathy for the people of Japan, and wish the nation and it's citizens a most speedy recovery. Sony Ericsson's full, but brief, press release is after the break. [Sony Ericsson]
Sony Ericsson Statement on Japan Earthquake
SONY ERICSSON STATEMENT, 17 March 2011 - Sony Ericsson is closely following the situation in Japan and our thoughts go out to those affected by this tragic event. The safety of our employees remains the highest priority. We have approximately 1100 employees (including consultants) at two offices in Tokyo, and we can confirm that no employees have been injured, and that there is no major damage to our offices.
The affected area in northern Japan supplies a large portion of the world’s electronics industry with components, and the current situation will impact Sony Ericsson’s business.
As part of our business continuity plan, we are in contact with all our key suppliers in the region and we are identifying the possible relocation of certain component manufacturing, and looking at secondary sources of supply. Although the full impact of the current situation on our business will take additional time to assess, Sony Ericsson anticipates disruption to its supply chain operations.
We continue to monitor our supplier situation daily, in real time, and we will keep our operator and retail customers informed about the status of their specific supply.
We will continue to update our communications as we learn more.