Coronavirus Could Impact Sony Image Sensor Business

Sony has said that the coronavirus outbreak could cause significant problems for its image sensor business.

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The coronavirus is continuing to make headlines in the health sector and now, the outbreak is creating conversations in the technology world after Sony said the virus could affect their image sensor supply chain. 

As well as having their own factories in China, Sony also supplies smartphone image sensors to companies such as Huawei and Apple, both of whom have factories in the country, and with some factories still shut, it's causing issues for the rest of the supply chain. 

According to NIKKEI, Sony's Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki said: "We are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. Depending on the future progress of the virus, we cannot deny that our production and sales supply chain for the image sensor and electronics business could be affected enormously."

It's currently not clear how much of an effect the coronavirus will have on Sony's smartphone image sensor business as the company is still gathering information/trying to get in contact with factory workers in China. 

Sony isn't the only company dealing with coronavirus related problems as smartphone brand LG has announced it won't be attending the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's largest smartphone orientated show, because of fears over the virus. ZTE has also said it will no longer be holding a press conference but they will have a stand at the show. 

MWC opens on 24 February 2020 where we can expect to see new smartphone releases. 

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