8.9 9.0 earthquake, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan, hitting 230 miles East of Tokyo, Japan, in addition to causing a massive tsunami in northern Japan, manufacturers in Japan producing tech gadgets and hardware are closed for the time being. Manufacturers like Sony, Cannon, Panasonic, Honda, Toyota, and many more are included in the list of manufacturers that has closed their plants till further notice.
Sony currently halted and evacuated six of its factories northeast of Japan to asses the impact the damage of the power outage in the region. Panasonic has also closed its three of its facilities to also asses the damages of its facilities after sustaining minor damages. Though Cannon did not have any damages to its facilities, they decided to halt production for the time being.
Many more manufacturers have been closed to evacuate its employees, assess the damages, and/or to help the injured in the quake. Here is a list of the companies and their status. (source: bloomberg.com)
Company Status Sony Corp. Production halted at six plants Toyota Motor Corp. Three group factories halted Canon Inc. No damage affecting production reported Nippon Telegraph & Restricted calls to some areas Telephone Corp. including Tokyo Nissan Motor Co. Halted production at four plants; two injuries Honda Motor Co. Halted two plants; one employee killed; about 30 injured Toyota Boshoku Corp. Damage at plant in Miyagi Seiko Epson Corp. Gathering information Panasonic Corp. Assessing damage, several workers with minor injuries Oriental Land Co. Will close Tokyo Disney Resort tomorrow for inspections Denso Corp. Damage to plant under construction in Fukushima Asahi Breweries Ltd. Assessing damage Kirin Holdings Co. No major damage reported Sapporo Holdings Ltd. Damage at Sendai and Chiba plants Sharp Corp. Assessing damage East Japan Railway Co. Halted train services in Tokyo area Tokyo Metro Co. Halted train services Tokyo Electron Ltd. No immediate reports of damage NTT DoCoMo Inc. Mobile-phone service disruptions Softbank Corp. Mobile-phone service disruptions Fuji Heavy Industries Five plants halted Ltd.
This will have some impact on the supply of tech products being produced in the world. Our thoughts at LogicLounge are with the folks in Japan and surrounding areas affected by the massive earthquake.