Sony’s Sensor Manufacturing Plant Hit Hard by Thailand Floods

Here’s a photograph by the The Bangkok Post showing Sony’s sensor manufacturing plant in Thailand submerged under flood waters roughly 3 meters (~10ft) high. The shutdown of the 502,000 square foot, 3,300 employee plant doesn’t just affect Sony, as other companies — including Nikon and Apple (in the iPhone 4S) — rely on Sony image sensors as well.

(via Bangkok Post via Nikon Rumors)

Image credit: Photograph by Pattarachai Preechapanich/The Bangkok Post

  • Robert_becker70

    Sony should move the plant to the USA. I bet I can round up 3300 people that would love to make camera sensors!

  • Anonymous

    Really? Can they make it under $200 a month with about 50-hour work week?

  • Anonymous

    Wow. There are going to be some premium prices on ebay and amazon for current cameras over the next few months. In terms of photographic equipment, this is going to hit the world harder than Japan’s disaster and subsequent shortage of cameras.

    Glad I made the move to film already…

  • Dancebert

    Foreign manufacturers who come to the Bangkok area usually set up in one of the Industrial Estates (IE) because of the many obvious benefits.  Why they do so in places with inadequate flood walls is beyond me.  

  • White Hot Phoenix

    Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

  • venomboyz

    Thai people will learn how to solve big flooding problem from this situation.

  • Bolbitis

    I am the employee of SONY device at Thailand, I love our company and I hope SONY will be strong in as soon as possible by our hands.

  • Mkcoi

    if you we’re the owner of the company’ do you want to spend too much money on US rather than outsourcing it to other countries like Thailand’?

    Im talking about the LABOR PAY in Thailand compare to US.. .

  • Jamaica Jeff

    Does Sony have another assembly and test facility for sensors other than their prototype facility in Japan?