Sony shuts down plants in COVID-19 disruption, supply chain to be hit

Sony has shut down both of its manufacturing plants in Malaysia (between 18 March and 14 April) and also closed its plant in Wales (26 March-20 April).

This is in addition to the four China-based plants that Sony shut down from 24 January until 9 February, according to a report in ITPro.

All four plants have incrementally restarted operations, and are now reaching pre-virus levels of output, although supply chain issues remain.

In addition to the shut-down of its manufacturing plants, Sony’s electronics products business has been hit by an unstable flow of resources from suppliers in Asia, which is, in turn, having “a wide-ranging impact” on the manufacturing process. Sales have also been affected by lockdowns around the world, and retailers closing.

“The Sony Group is primarily focused on ensuring the safety of its employees and their families, as well as its customers and other stakeholders, in addition to preventing the further spread of the virus,” the company said.

“Sony is also striving to answer the needs of society and its customers to the best of its ability, and to minimize the impact of the virus on its business. To accomplish these objectives, Sony is working to gather information and swiftly carry out the necessary actions.”

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