Sony has also shut down both of its manufacturing plants in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) up until at least April 14 and its plant in South Wales until at least April 20, in accordance with governments’ instructions.

Meanwhile Sony’s four manufacturing plants in China – in Shanghai, Wuxi and Huizhou – which were all shutdown from January 24, 2020, restarted partially on February 10 in rising increments.

Sony said that some supply chain issues remain but that operations are returning to the level they were before the outbreak of Covid-19.

At Sony’s offices in Japan and other areas, employees must work from home, excluding a small number of essential employees.

Sony added that at this time there has been no material impact on the production of CMOS image sensors, including any impact on the procurement of materials. It added that because the primary customers for CIS are smartphone makers there is an expectation of reduced demand due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In separate announcement Sony has announced it will form an intermediate holding company to contain imaging products, home entertainment and sound, and mobile communications. Sony Electronics Corp. is due to be effective from April 1, 2020.

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