Damages caused by floods in Thailand are spreading as time passes. And the Bangkadi Industrial Park in Pathum Thani Prefecture began to be exposed to water at the night of Oct 20, 2011. The park is located about 35km northwest from Bangkok.
In October, industrial parks have been flooded one after the other in the Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani prefectures. And flooded areas are moving south to Bangkok.
Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co Ltd, which is Sony Corp's subsidiary for the production of semiconductors, has an office in the Bangkadi Industrial Park. It is responsible for the back-end processes of chips for digital home appliances, MMIC (microwave monolithic integrated circuit) chips for mobile phones, CMOS image sensors, etc.
Sony Device Technology stopped its operations Oct 14, 2011, on the alert for floods. But, as of October 21, its manufacturing plant has been damaged by a flood. The company is considering transferring production.
The Ayutthaya Office of Sony Technology (Thailand) Co Ltd, which manufactures digital cameras, has already been damaged, pushing back the release date of a new model of the "α" lens interchangeable digital camera.
Because the office cannot resume its operations anytime soon, the camera will be manufactured at the Chonburi Office of its subsidiary. Also, Sony is considering manufacturing its "Cyber-shot" series of digital cameras in China and Japan.
Fire breaks out at Toshiba's plant
Also, Toshiba Corp has some manufacturing plants in the Bangkadi Industrial Park. And water immersion began at the plants of (1) Toshiba Semiconductor (Thailand) Co Ltd, which is responsible for the back-end processes of discrete semiconductors, (2) Toshiba Hokuto Electronic Devices (Thailand) Co Ltd, which manufactures magnetrons for microwave ovens, (3) Toshiba Consumer Products (Thailand) Co Ltd, which manufactures refrigerators and washing machines, and (4) Toshiba Carrier (Thailand) Co Ltd, which manufactures air conditioners.
In addition, a fire broke out at the scrap-yard in the plant site of Toshiba Consumer Products (Thailand). The fire has already been extinguished, and no human damage has been done, Toshiba said.
Furthermore, Toshiba's manufacturing base for hark disk drives (HDDs) in the Navanakorn Industrial Park has been damaged. Because the manufacturing facilities at the base were damaged, Toshiba is considering transferring production.