The impact of Japan's March 11 earthquake on the automotive supply chain has been well documented. How about other sectors? (Watch both Plastics News and www.autonews.com for updates). Electronics is an obvious one. The Wall Street Journal has a story in its Asia Technology section today, "Chemical Reaction: iPod Is Short Key Material." According to the report, the shutdown of a Kureha Corp. polyvinylidene fluoride plant in Japan has created a shortage of lithium-ion batteries for Apple Inc.'s iPods. Have you heard of other supply chain problems that have been a result of the earthquake and tsunami? Share them with me, we'll check them out. I've noticed some manufacturing experts talking about what lessons OEMs will learn from this disaster. I don't think this is a new lesson -- remember how OEMs reacted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2008? But it does reinforce the value of shorter supply chains, and multiple vendors, at least when it comes to critical, non-commodity products.
Earthquake impact - beyond automotive
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