May 17, 2020

Sony Ericsson net profit falls 48 percent

Business and Leadership
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net profit
Freddie Pierce
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Sony Ericsson first quarter net profits fell about €10M
While an earlier story published today suggested that the global automotive industry would suffer no major supply chain setbacks on the heels of the Ja...

While an earlier story published today suggested that the global automotive industry would suffer no major supply chain setbacks on the heels of the Japan disasters, Sony Ericsson announced Tuesday that first-quarter net profit fell 48 percent.

A year ago in the first quarter, Sony Ericsson reported net profit of €21 million, but that figure fell to €11 million for the same time period of 2011. The mobile handset maker forecasts modest growth throughout the rest of the year.

“The Japan earthquake made it a challenging quarter operationally and we are experiencing some disruptions to our supply chain,” Sony Ericsson CEO and President Bert Nordberg said in a statement.

According to Business and Leadership, however, Sony Ericsson’s pre-tax profit of €15 million still was greater than some analysts’ predictions that the company would be in the red come the end of the first quarter.

Revenues were still lower than expected, however, as Sony Ericsson sold just 8.1 million phones in the quarter, which contributed to Sony Ericsson’s lowest market share in almost 10 years. Sony Ericsson estimated its market share for smartphones during the first quarter was about 5 percent in units and 3 percent in value.


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While the first quarter was tough for Sony Ericsson, there might not be an end to the struggle in the near future. According to Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi, “the second and possibly third will be difficult (for Sony Ericsson) because of Japan.”

Still, CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber doesn’t think it’s all bad news for Sony Ericsson.

“This is a challenging situation for Sony Ericsson, but with lowered operating expenses and continued improvement to gross margin, it is at least in a better position to weather the storm than it was 12 to 24 months ago.”

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Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

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US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration. 

The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing. 

“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said. 

In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”. 

In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips. 

Support domestic production of critical medicines


  • A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”. 
  • The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.

Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries


  • The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”. 
  • The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”. 

Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals


  • An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”. 
  • The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.

Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages


  • The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing. 
  • Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”. 

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