Tech supply chain expects full recovery in September

By Freddie Pierce
Of all the supply chain disruption weve seen following the Japan disaster, no industry has been quite as affectedas the electronics industry. The tech...

Of all the supply chain disruption we’ve seen following the Japan disaster, no industry has been quite as affected as the electronics industry.

The tech supply chain figures to get back online completely in early September, according to a study released on Wednesday by IHS iSuppli. Electronics manufacturers that are located nearest to the epicenter of the quake will predictably be the last companies to make a full recovery, but the report says that they’re expected to be fully normal in September.

A September date would be six months after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami rattled Japan’s infrastructure.

According to IHS, the Japan disaster has wrecked havoc on the supply chain in epic proportions.

“In the history of the electronics supply chain, nothing has had such a broad impact,” Dale Ford, senior vice president for semiconductor market intelligence at IHS, said in a statement.

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Electronics leader Sony expects the Japan disaster will cost the company upwards of $2 billion, which helped bring about the tech supply chain’s shortages seen over the past few months.

Still, there is some good news in this. Getting back into full gear in September is sooner than many predicted, and the tech supply chain should have plenty of time to be prepared for the bustling holiday season.

The recovery’s timing is also a bit of good news for the microchip industry, whose peak season coincides with the tech supply chain’s anticipated recovery date.

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