Sony Moved 90% of Camera Production From China to Thailand

Many companies have talked about moving production out of China or spreading it around to avoid supply chain shortages, but Sony is acting in a big way by moving 90% of its production out of China. It will be interesting to see what others do in the coming months, with companies like Apple looking to make similar moves.

  • The Sony Group has transferred the production of cameras sold in Japan, the US, and Europe from China to a factory in Thailand. In principle, factories in China only make products for China.
  • In response to the conflict between the United States and China, the transfer to the U.S. will take precedence, and the transfer to Japan and Europe will also be completed by the end of 2022.
  • The risk of China becoming the core of the global supply chain is increasing due to the intensification of the US-China conflict and the lockdown accompanying the “zero corona” policy. Companies are gearing up to avoid supply chain malfunctions.
  • In 2022, Sony sold about 2.11 million cameras worldwide. Of these, 150,000 are destined for China, with more than 90% being destined for markets other than China, such as Japan, the United States, and Europe. Most of the production has been transferred to Thailand.
  • For camera lenses, the company plans to continue supplying products made in China outside of the country.

via nikkei, digicame-info

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