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Smartphone makers endeavor to keep factory lines running

2020-2-12 14:32

 

Smartphone makers are working hard to maintain normal operations as the novel coronavirus outbreak is posing challenges to logistics, supply and manufacturing operations.

The efforts came as a report forecast that due to the virus epidemic, smartphone shipments from China will likely fall by 5 percent this year, while global smartphone shipments are set to see a 2-percent drop.

Chen Mingyong, CEO of Oppo, a Chinese smartphone major, said it is undeniable that the outbreak will have a certain impact on the company, but that will be temporary.

"The development momentum of Oppo won't be changed, because the company's fundamentals have not changed, and the trend of the entire industry has not changed," Chen said.

The Dongguan-based company has been promoting remote work for most of its employees, and its manufacturing centers in Indonesia, India, Algeria and Bangladesh will support the company to make handsets globally.

The efforts follow market research company Strategy Analytics' latest report that the outbreak of novel coronavirus will affect supply and manufacturing of smartphones, with the biggest impact likely to be on China's smartphone market.

China makes 70 percent of all smartphones in the world. Any delay in operations of factories, through quarantine or travel restriction, will inevitably cause a temporary labor supply shortage, Strategy Analytics said, adding that other connected economies will also feel a ripple effect, like Japan or the United States.

Still, Chinese smartphone companies are scrambling to resume some of their work, while ensuring the health of their employees is not compromised.

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said the company has restarted normal operations and production of consumer electronics and telecom equipment, with most of its recovered business located in Dongguan, Guangdong province.

Vivo, another smartphone major, said the company has taken a string of measures to safeguard the health of its employees and it will continuously evaluate when to restore factory production to normalcy.

Xiaomi Corp is also working to maintain normal operations. The Beijing-based company said it will unveil its latest flagship smartphone Mi 10 series on Thursday via online livestreaming.

CITIC Securities Co Ltd said in its latest research note that electronics companies will face risks of low output in February due to uncertainties involving labor shortage, but it is worth noting that companies that have overseas presence, high-level automated production and are proficient in research and development will see fewer impacts from the epidemic.

CITIC Securities said for most companies in the electronics manufacturing industry, the first quarter is the traditional offseason, accounting for less than 20 percent of their annual revenues. The virus' impacts on the industry still remain to be seen, it said.

 

随着新型冠状病毒的爆发给物流、供应和制造业务带来挑战,智能手机制造商正努力维持正常运营。


与此同时,一份报告预测,由于病毒的蔓延,今年来自中国的智能手机出货量可能下降5%,而全球智能手机出货量将下降2%。


中国智能手机专业公司Oppo首席执行官陈明勇表示,不可否认的是,疫情爆发将对公司产生一定的影响,但这只是暂时的。


“Oppo的发展势头不会改变,因为公司的基本面没有改变,整个行业的趋势也没有改变,”陈说。


这家总部位于东莞的公司一直在为大多数员工推广远程办公,其在印尼、印度、阿尔及利亚和孟加拉国的制造中心将支持该公司在全球生产手机。


此前,市场研究公司Strategy Analytics发布最新报告称,新型冠状病毒的爆发将影响智能手机的供应和制造,其中对中国智能手机市场的影响可能最大。


中国生产了世界上70%的智能手机。Strategy Analytics表示,工厂因隔离或旅行限制而出现的任何延误,都将不可避免地造成暂时的劳动力供应短缺。该公司还表示,日本或美国等其他联网经济体也将感受到连锁反应。


尽管如此,中国的智能手机公司仍在努力恢复部分工作,同时确保员工的健康不受损害。


华为技术有限公司(Huawei Technologies Co Ltd)表示,该公司已经恢复了消费电子和电信设备的正常运营和生产,大部分恢复的业务位于广东省东莞市。


另一家智能手机专业公司Vivo表示,公司已经采取了一系列措施来保障员工的健康,并将继续评估何时将工厂生产恢复正常。


小米公司也在努力维持正常运营。总部位于北京的小米公司表示,将于周四通过网络直播发布最新旗舰智能手机小米10系列。


中信证券有限公司在其最新的研究报告中称,电子公司将面临的风险低输出2月份由于不确定性涉及劳工短缺,但值得注意的是,公司的海外业务,高级自动化生产,精通研发从流行病将会看到更少的影响。


中信证券表示,对于电子制造业的大多数公司来说,第一季度是传统的淡季,占其年收入的不到20%。报告称,该病毒对该行业的影响仍有待观察。

 

原作者: Ma Si 来自: china daily