It looks like the massive calamity that hit Japan has found yet another way of affecting the rest of the world. I just read on Electronista that one of Sony’s most important factories in Sendai has been shut down as it suffered a lot of damage. Because of this, Sony is unable to supply professional media to industries that require them on a day to day basis. HDCAM, HDCAM-SR, DVCam, BetaCam SP, Digital Betacam, HDV and Blu-ray media are all under severe shortage and their prices have reached all time highs as the demand goes up.
Plenty of plants shut down
Apparently, other manufacturers like Fuji and Maxell are under a lot of pressure to come up with a consistent supply of these products to meet the global demand. Even resellers in the US are reporting shortages of digital media, although various other alternatives are seeing a boost in sales.
Digital media is not the only thing that’s been affected, though. Many of Sony’s other plants have stopped production including those that produce IC cards, Lithium-Ion secondary batteries etc. In addition to this, even other Sony plants that did not suffer crippling damage have also voluntarily shut down operations temporarily to help until power is restored. However, plants that have been completely unaffected are going about their business as usual.