Sony to Resume Wafer Processing at Kumamoto After Earthquake

  • Company to announce forecast for current year on May 24
  • Impact on device and imaging business still being assessed

Sony Corp. will resume operations at its main factory for camera sensors next week, restarting a key plant suspended after an earthquake struck southern Japan last month.

Wafer processing at the Kumamoto facility will resume May 21 and the company will release its earnings forecast for the current financial year three days later, Tokyo-based Sony said in a statement Friday. The company had delayed making a projection for the 12 months ending March so it could assess the impact of the quake.

While the delay in the supply of components cause by the outage won’t have a material impact on the phone, games and home entertainment units, it’s still evaluating the impact of the quake itself on Sony’s imaging and device businesses.

Operations at Kumamoto were suspended because of damage to the building, clean rooms and equipment. The facility is the primary manufacturing site for image sensors used in digital and security cameras as well as micro-display devices. 

The earthquake hit the southern island of Kyushu in April, derailing a bullet train and forcing factory closings at companies such as Toyota Motor Corp.

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