Sony Ericsson sees parts shortage

Sony Ericsson said yesterday a shortage of key components will limit the production of some of its feature phones in the key holiday sales period. A spokesman for the world’s ninth-biggest handset maker did not specify which components were in short supply but said the problem was not related to the Thai floods. “We are experiencing a shortage of key components used in some feature phones,” the spokesman said, adding that the phones affected are the txt, txt pro and Mix Walkman models. Last month Sony agreed to buy Ericsson out of their 10-year old venture which has shifted its focus to smartphones, but feature phones still make up some 20 per cent of its sales volumes.