For Panasonic, life after gadgets enriched by self-driving cars

Oct 27, 2014

For Panasonic, life after gadgets enriched by self-driving cars

Panasonic Corp.’s ratings upgrade last week shows that its investment in self-driving autos and car batteries has breathed new life into the company as it scales back on consumer electronics. Japan’s Rating & Investment Information Inc. raised its ranking on the company one level ...

Jul 23, 2014

Sony to close lithium-ion battery base in Tochigi

Sony Corp. plans to close its design and development base for lithium-ion batteries in Shimotsuke, Tochigi Prefecture, by the end of September, transferring some 40 engineers to a plant in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, sources said. By consolidating lithium-ion battery plants and improving efficiency, Sony ...

Some Vaio models pose burn risk: Sony

Apr 11, 2014

Some Vaio models pose burn risk: Sony

Sony Corp. urged consumers Friday to stop using some models of its Vaio Fit 11A computer released in February due to possible battery overheating that could cause burns. Subject to the request are the models SVF11N19EJS, SVF11N1A1J and SVF11N1BAJ. The company is now identifying ...

JAL probes another 787 battery incident

Jan 15, 2014

JAL probes another 787 battery incident

Japan Airlines is investigating what caused a battery on a Boeing 787 to emit smoke during preflight maintenance, a year after a fire on one of the carrier’s Dream­lin­ers helped spur the grounding of the global fleet.

Nov 18, 2013

ANA finds second 787 cell charger with glitch

ANA Holdings Inc., the biggest user of Boeing Co. 787s, will send its second battery charger in two months to supplier Thales SA after a message signaled a problem during a maintenance check. The airline changed the battery during maintenance on Nov. 16 and ...