SONY has bigger fish to fry
After further review, SONY looks like it is worse off than originally thought. Eight factories has closed, indefinitely, so unless the China and US interests take up the slack, some production is effectively ... well, over for a while.
Manufacturing operations have been suspended at the following production sites: Sony Chemical & Information Device Corp.'s Tagajyo plant (magnetic tapes, Blu-ray Discs) and Tome plant (optical devices, IC cards); Sony Shiroishi Semiconductor (semiconductor lasers); Sony Energy Devices' Koriyama plant (lithium ion secondary batteries); Sony Energy Devices' Motomiya plant (lithium ion secondary batteries); Sony Manufacturing Systems' Kuki plant (surface mounting equipment); and Sony DADC Japan's Ibaraki facility (CDs, DVDs).
Sony also confirmed that Sony Chemical & Information Devices' Kanuma plant, Sony Energy Devices' Tochigi plant and Sony's Atsugi Technology Center have suspended operations on a voluntary basis in a bid to conserve power.
It would not matter what I desired ... nothing is still nothing. :rolleyes:
Do I agree with their corporate vision? Of course not. I have not for a while, but even more since the BetaMax debacle. There is something to the proprietary games that they play that just torques me off in ways I find hard to explain.
"We're going make a product that is entirely useless after WE quit making it."
Sorry, that's not a good way to do business in my book. It is self-serving and more ego-centric than anything I would do or hope to do. I look to seeing a better way to conduct business with the buying public. That make be short-sighted of me, but then again ... is it really?
Unnecessary "dead ends" are pointless and ill-conceived choices in my business model. Seeing the a700 killed off without immediate replacement seemed rather pointless. I am still wondering what that was all about.
A full year of no "intermediate" camera. It hurt a number of folks I know. They simply could not replace their broken unit, leaving them to have to make a new choice of Full Frame or a 500-series. I do not get it.
It is so convoluted, I find hard to reckon a clear direction going forward with my business plan. I need reliability, not some boardroom's silly screw-ups and greedy grabs, when I due business.
Let's consider a new plan, SONY ... "Small Business-friendly" ;)
Short term decision making ... for long term viability
Canon lost me when they didn't add anti-shake to DSLR camera bodies. I mean, c'mon ... they could have, but the boardroom opted to burn their adoring crowd, forcing them to purchase this capability in lenses. Sorry, that's just abusive, inherently costly and I cannot subscribe to that practice. Nikon ... more or less, the same thing. I'm not good with that.
SONY has an opportunity to put smiles on and cheers from the Minolta legacy owners, as well as high-end dslr owners by catering to THEIR needs and introducing a terrific high-end, EOS-1Ds or D3x "beater" to the world. I say forgo a couple iterations of the 300-series and just cave into the needs of this elite segment.
Of course, we are really whistling in the wind, with the emergency in Japan. It could take several years to stabilize the manufacturing environment in that part of the world, again, with all the destroyed homes, buildings and the dreadful loss of life. A solid and immediate idea would be to abandon the nearby plants, for a couple years, and bring their manufacturing directly to the states, in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. What I am saying is that they need to do a complete reversal of what has happened to the U.S. in the 90s and this past decade, with the "moronic" migration of business to China, Mexico and India. This strategic move would directly help in restoring economic viability to the United States, keep SONY as a top producing manufacturer and allow the Japanese citizens the ability to concentrate on properly restoring their own country, without the burden of technology production commitments hanging over their heads, too.
We have a talented workforce, here, and people would be anxious to help keep the technology ball rolling. Illinois is sufficiently geared with all sorts of incentives and manpower for such a move. I figure the sooner the better. SONY could be the first of many to make the transition and restore some sanity to a somewhat nutty Nikkei Index, which is suffering not so much from factory shut down, but the poisonous environmental issues of the nearby nuclear power plants. Remember, when they spew, they sue. They now have three full fledged reactors literally destroyed (by sea water contamination) and never to be online again. I suggest they cut the losses and let the U.S. help where it can -> relocating SONY and other important manufacturing. Illinois does not suffer from earthquakes like this, nor tsunamis or even volcanoes. It is, kind of boring, actually. That makes for a very stable workforce and many consistently productive factory shifts = a formula for success.
My goodness, if only the twenty-something crowd could think this far ahead, huh? Too busy with the newest gaming system and "texting" their non-existent social situation.
Not to ignore Canon or Nikon, there is this:
"Canon has reported injuries to 15 employees, and “significant” damage at a number of sites located in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture – about mid-way between Tokyo and Sendai. Operations at the company’s Optical Products Plant and Optics R&D Center at Utsunomiya are suspended, with Canon saying that there is likely to be a delay before any operational resumption.
Canon has also suspended operations indefinitely at its Optron subsidiary in Yuki, Ibaraki Prefecture, where the company produces optical crystals used in stepper, camera and telescope applications. Canon added that if operations at any of these sites were likely to be affected for more than a month, it would be able to transfer some activities to alternate facilities.
Nikon has suspended operations at a number of key locations. These include its Tochigi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd and Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd subsidiaries, which both produce high-quality lenses for applications in lithography steppers and scanners used in IC and LCD manufacture.
Also impacted are the company’s Sendai location, where it produces cameras, and Tochigi Nikon Corporation, whose main business is the manufacture of interchangeable and optical lenses."