There was speculation by new sites several days ago that the recent disasters in Japan would have a significant impact on the tech manufacturing industry, as many of the devices and gadgets that are consumed worldwide are made in Japan. As if to prove that speculation right, Sony Ericsson announced yesterday in a press release that they are expecting disruptions in their supply chain due to the disasters.
The middle-northern area of Japan in which the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster occurred was home to many manufacturers. Infrastructure and production complexes that were damaged will take some time to rebuild, but the human aspect of the disaster is an unknown factor.
Sony Ericsson has around 1,100 employees in Japan, and while none of them were hurt, their suppliers most certainly have been. However, there has been no specific announcements on whether they anticipate any specific component shortages, as they are searching for "secondary sources of supply" currently.
I expect to see several more market leaders making similar announcements in the next week or so.
I personally know a Japanese woman whose family resides in Japan, and thankfully for her, most of her extended reside in areas that have not been affected by the disasters. We at AndroidPIT extend our sympathy and condolences to those affected.
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