Sony DADC Warehouse Destroyed by Fire in London Riots
Although most of us are are familiar with the Sony Corporation for their brand-name electronics, Sony is also a major player in the music, video, and entertainment business. Sony Music Entertainment is the second-largest record label in the world, and Sony Pictures Entertainment delivers the movies that delight audiences all over the globe. Sony’s DADC division is responsible for bringing these creative works to retail customers.
Sony’s Digital Audio Disc Corporation (DADC for short) handles the manufacturing and distribution of replicated CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs for all of Sony’s entertainment businesses. These products are sent to Sony’s network of distribution centers before making their way to retail outlets worldwide. Sony DADC has 9 distribution centers in North and South America, 6 in Europe, and 5 in Asia and Australia.
Major news services of the world are reporting that one of Sony’s distribution centers in Europe has been destroyed by fire on the night of August 8th, 2011. The Enfield facility just north of London has been burned to the ground by vandals during the third consecutive night of rioting in the area. News reports state that it took eight fire trucks and approximately 40 firefighters to extinguish the blaze.
This warehouse was Sony’s main distribution facility for London and stored packaged movies, video games, and blank CD, DVD, and Blu-ray media. The loss of the multi-story building and all of the stored inventory is estimated to be tens of millions of dollars.
In addition to their own Sony Music and Sony Pictures products, independent record label PIAS also had inventory stored in the building according to tech news site Gizmodo. The fire will likely have a significant impact on the availability of packaged entertainment in London and the UK in the near future.
This tragedy couldn’t come at a worse time for Sony, who has already suffered significant losses from the temporary closure of 10 facilities in Japan (including the Sony Blu-ray manufacturing plant) following the Tohoku Earthquake earlier this year. On top of all that, the company has suffered ongoing cyberattacks that brought down its PlayStationNetwork this summer, rendering it inaccessible to Sony’s paying customers for several weeks.
We can only hope that Sony and the 750 workers employed at the Enfield distribution center near London will be able to rebuild and continue supplying Europe with recordable DVD, CD, and Blu-ray media, music, video games, and other quality entertainment. We are relieved to hear no one was injured in the fire, but we still wish the employees, their families, and the Enfield community all the best.