Following the Airlines, Japanese cargo carrier ONE has also decided to ban the shipping of Vivo Y20 mobile phones, which was newly launched.
During a shipment of Vivo Y20 mobile phones, which was to be shipped by airlines caught a sudden fire in the Honk Kong Airport in the previous month. After this incident, many airlines have denied carrying the Vivo Y20 mobile phones, but according to the sources, ONE is the first cargo shipping line to do the same.
In fear of another fire or any other kind of accident, most of the airlines and cargo shipping lines are planning to ban all cargo related to Vivo. The ban on shipment can prove a fatal blow to the company and can make them suffer huge losses shortly. Vivo is known for rolling money everywhere, recently Vivo signed Virat Kohli as their Brand Ambassador and is the leading sponsor of IPL. This incident will not only make them suffer losses but can also take away the brand name, as people will also stop purchasing this mobile because airports may seize mobile phones of this company now.
An official of ONE, told customers this week it would stop accepting “bookings of the Vivo Y20 mobile phone and its non-DG lithium battery with immediate effect until further notice”.
One DG expert told The Loadstar there was “no such thing as a non-DG lithium battery”, but small cells and batteries are not subject to all DG regulations. The Vivo phone has a lithium-ion cell that is classed as ‘small, at about 19 watt-hours.
In the past few years, containerships have face clusters of fire cases on board. Latest of them being the fire on Interasia Catalyst, the containers suddenly blazed into fumes as soon as the vessel was set free to sail from Port Klang. After six days of continuous efforts, the flames went down. The reports of investigation claim that, 3 out of the whole bunch of containers were full of sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate.
Vivo is still managing to export mobile phones, even after most of the airlines of India, Europe and some other Asian countries have banned its shipment. This China-made mobile phone attracts a 25% of surge in shipment every year in the initial quarters, China alone holds 30% of its shares. TechRepublic report says the growth of Vivo is nearly about 48% in shipment and about 10% in market share.
As the authorities believe the battery to be the reason behind this fire, the hi-tech industry may now experience a shortage of microchips and semiconductors. The quality of semiconductors are to be maintained to reduce such risks, and this might demand 2 years before the semiconductor supply satisfy the usual demands. Samsung was already pointing to skip the next Galaxy Note launch due to shortages, while Apple already has its release at a halt
Ondrej Burkacky, McKinsey’s lead on semiconductors, said: “The high noon season for consumer electronics are Q3 and Q4, and there might be shortages of several products during this time.”