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Sony partially restarts Shanghai factory as lockdown continues

Sony Group resumed partial production at a factory in Shanghai on Sunday following a stoppage of more than a month that began when the city went into lockdown March 28 over a surge in coronavirus cases.

The plant in Shanghai’s Pudong district produces TVs, cameras, projectors and other goods for China and the rest of Asia. Sony has not revealed which items are back in production, or at what capacity.

“It will still take time for us to resume production fully, since we need to coordinate with local authorities,” the company said.

New daily COVID-19 cases in Shanghai peaked at over 20,000 in mid-April. Though they are now declining, neighborhood-based travel restrictions remain in place.

Sony has been exploring ways to restart operations at the site that are accordance with orders from the local authorities. It consequently scaled down the size of the operations and the number of employees that would participate in the restart.

Shanghai is the commercial center of China, and protracted restrictions in the city are expected to heavily impact businesses operating there as well as larger supply chains. As of Thursday, 63% of Japanese companies with factories in Shanghai had suspended operations there, according to the Shanghai Japanese Commerce and Industry Club. Nikkei.Asia

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