We’ve already written about shortage of professional media due to Sony’s factory shut downs, as well as the iPad 2 shortage problems. I just read on The Wall Street Journal that there’s another issue that will affect Apple. This time it’s with iPods, as they use Lithium Ion batteries. Kureha is one of the largest companies producing these batteries and they hold a 70% share of the global market for a polymer without which these batteries cannot be produced. Kureha’s factory that produces these batteries was at the centre of the quake and has been shut down due to extensive damage. And to make matters worse, the affected factory is Kureha’s only factory that produces this particular polymer.
Will they fall short of these?
According to The Wall Street Journal, Kureha’s Chief Executive said that the only way for a company of its stature could survive would be to actually move the company’s plans of overseas production forward. This will obviously affect more than just Apple products as there are plenty of other manufacturers that require lithium polymer batteries.
Publish date: March 30, 2011 12:31 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:32 pm