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Sony Says Recall Strains Battery Production 28

Sony said on Tuesday that a recall of up to 9.6 million of its personal computer batteries was overwhelming its production capacity. The stated reason for making the strain on production public has more to do with warning Wall Street that they may lose market share to other manufacturers then with any sort of PSA.
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Sony Says Recall Strains Battery Production

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  • The moral of this story is; Don't try to cut corners on production costs. It ends up costing you more in what Advanced Business schools like to call, "The Long Term".
  • So, what is the submitter trying to say? Do major companies do a PSA when they know that their earnings are going to take a hit?

    The only PSA Sony should be doing is a warning about the dangers of exploding batteries. Perhaps the submitter meant press release when they said PSA. I always thought a revised earnings projection was more appropriate.

    I think a more appropriate summary would say that Sony is having difficulty producing enough batteries and is considering the enlistment of other manufacturers to
  • more than
    first A then B then C
  • Because I am a mild worshipper of Buffet, I must consider his famous quote:

    "Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful."
  • Cost of Poor Quality (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Speare ( 84249 ) on Monday October 30, 2006 @10:51AM (#16641755) Homepage Journal

    This is an obvious result of their poor production run that had all the internal-shorting problems. They call this the Cost of Poor Quality. If you spend all your time making replacement product for no new revenue, of course you can't make new product that earns new dollars.

    This article isn't about the basics of CoPQ, but about the shareholder reaction. Shareholders may punish Sony for CoPQ, but then again, that's why you need rigorous product testing BEFORE the customer gets it. If you're not testing it but you're sending it out to multiple customers (Dell, HP, Toshiba, Sony Vaio, etc.), then you're just asking for trouble.

  • If they're making loads more, the unit cost will go down so they'll sort of save money on each battery. The same way wives 'save' you money buy buying $200 shoes for $180 but hey, gotta look for that silver lining.
  • They are just freaking lucky that they did not KILL somebody. Or many somebodies. Like, what if one of these batteries started a fire on an airliner in mid-Atlantic?

    Worse, they KNEW of the problem for quite some time before they issued the recall.

    Had there been deaths, a smart lawyer would have ripped them to shreds, and left the scraps for the maggots to fight over.
    • by Lehk228 ( 705449 )
      Dell is probably going to sue Sony overthe damage to their brand name, since now Dell laptops are associated with explosions and fire
      • And they SHOULD. But the damages are nothing compared to the suit they would lose had there been multiple deaths.
    • Take the number of batteries in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

      Are there a lot of these kinds of accidents?

      You would not believe.

      Which battery company do you work for?

      A major one.
  • The sad thing is that we all (the consumers) will pay in the end. Sony will increase the cost of the batteries they produce, claiming it is necessary to insure QC and a safe product. So there will be less competition in the market, and likely other manufacturers will follow suite in raising prices, knowing that demand may exceed production because of Sony's recall.

    Dan East
    • by Aladrin ( 926209 )
      "all (the consumers) will pay in the end. Sony will increase the cost of the batteries they produce"

      Only if 'the consumers' buy Sony batteries. They managed to sell so many because they were very cheap and had a name brand behind them. To make them no-explode, they'll have to be more expensive and won't be able to compete as well. So yeah, we'll probably pay more, but that's because we're getting better quality goods.

      Seriously, if you WANT batteries that explode, Sony has a ton to get rid of right now.
      • To make them no-explode, they'll have to be more expensive and won't be able to compete as well.

        Do not taunt happy-fun battery.
  • Do investors really need these common-sense announcments? "Sony will loose share due to battery problems", "Apple shares fall after stock investigation", "Company X is expected to have a rise in profits due to release of product Y"......... Why? Maybe I just don't understand the stock market, but I've never seen why these things need to be said.... If you research the company you are investing in, you can usually find out all this stuff your self within a reasonable amount of time. it sounds to me like
    • Do investors really need these common-sense announcments?

      If Sony doesn't warn investors, and then does badly, then the investors sue, and claim that Sony management concealed its problems, and should have warned investors. Therefore, Sony makes the announcement for the same reason it recalls the batteries: it is expected to cost less than the lawsuits if it fails to do it.

  • by dlhm ( 739554 )
    Some companies are willing to gamble with consumer safety in order to turn a few more dollars. In this case Sony is being harshly penalised for their greed, it was not a design flaw that went unnoticed, nor was it a cost cutting measure, it was a profit seeking measure. The person who gave the final gold seal to this battery deisgn before production, must either be a non-techincal Exec or an dangerous engineer.

In the realm of scientific observation, luck is granted only to those who are prepared. - Louis Pasteur