Thanks Dan for the link you supplied. It is sad to see human suffering, but heartwarming to see the strength in human spirit. Marc and yourself have really been helpful to bring this to our awareness. Sure this will dampen the supply chain's recovery effort, but the there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Even I was not aware of these floods in Thailand, and certainly not aware of the impact of these on electronics manufacturers. Sadly, the media coverage has been slow this time as compared to the coverage about the disaster in Japan.
This calamity is the second worst in this year, if i remember correctly, after Japan's earthquake and following nuclear disaster. The supply chain is feeling the pinch. The natural disasters come and test the preparedness of the company so i see a silver line in the dark for the supply chain professionals.
Marc, I think for the last couple of years south Eastern Asian countries are suffering by different types of natural calamities. But, directly it hadn’t put much effect in supply chain so far. When tsunami hits Japan this year (Q1), we may though it may bring a big impact or deficiency in supply chain, but nothing happened as we expected. So I don’t think this flood can have any better impact in supply chain.
Thanks Dan, for sharing. It is interesting how little I have heard about this on the news, or even online in some of the more popular industry places.
It’s difficult to be prepared for unexpected and unpredictable global events of this magnitude, and it surprising to me how many geological disasters we have been hit with this year. Suppliers and manufacturers all over the world have had to be especially resilient.
The floods have forced the closure of factories in the country that supply crucial parts to the region. Many companies have halt their operations and they are even unsure of their condition. I watched on BBC how the floods hit the country affecting several people, it is disastrous.
The recent natural disaster will definitely shake companies supply chains around the world. Imagine China earthquake and Japan tsunami, this Southeast Asia flood is really a catastrophic event. The destructive impacts will affect not only individuals, families and communities but also economies.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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