Japanese earthquake still affecting consumer electronics



Japanese earthquake still affecting consumer electronics.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/04/GKjPRQ.jpg[/newsimage]Over a month after a massive 8.9 earthquake shook northern Japan, the country's consumer electronics industry is still feeling the effects. Companies like Sony and Panasonic reported myriad issues -- from facility flooding caused by the subsequent tsunami to injured workers -- soon after the quake. Analysts predicted higher prices and supply shortages would also hit manufacturers, with the impact trickling down to consumers in the weeks to come. Two new reports from research company IHS are splitting the difference - projecting falling prices for one consumer electronics sector, and a production shortage due to impeded supply for another.

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In the longer term, none of these factories have to remain in Japan. They can be diversified around Asia for greater stability. That is kind of weird that these Japanese companies can gouge laptop monitors amids weakened demand for PC’s… good luck with that, as the last price hikes caused demand for laptops to fall off a cliff. Demand is already increasing for tablet computers, this will push more consumers in that direction instead.