Sony says earthquake-affected Kumamoto plant will not affect iPhone production

“Sony Corp. said on Monday that its image sensor plant in Kumamoto, which has been shut since earthquakes hit southern Japan last week, makes components mainly for digital cameras,” Makiko Yamazaki reports for Reuters.

“Sony’s plant in Nagasaki, which resumed full operations on Sunday, is the company’s major production facility for image sensors for smartphones, it said,” Yamazaki reports. “There had been concerns that plant shut downs because of the earthquakes could affect production of Apple Inc’s iPhones, including the iPhone 7. ‘The impact of the Kumamoto plant suspension on Apple is expected to be limited,’ Hiroyuki Shimizu, principal research analyst at Gartner, said.”

Yamazaki reports, “The company said it had yet to decide when to restart the Kumamoto plant.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, the worst is behind Japan after this tragic string of earthquakes and aftershocks.


  1. Yeah Apple fanboys are unaffected once they heard you can just sweep away the dead bodies of the former plant workers and replace them with them with live ones. One Apple board member was heard saying ” Whew! That was close. We almost had to play a living wage in Manilla to make up for the production loss.”

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