DigiTimes reports li-ion batteries for laptops may enter short-supply in the next few months due to the devastating earthquake in Japan. The site notes that all of Sony's li-ion battery cell plants are in the disaster areas, and that several major battery component suppliers also run plants in or near the affected areas.
In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, possible shortages of notebook-use lithium batteries are a concern for the PC sector although global demand for notebooks is currently low due to seasonality.
All of Sony's lithium battery cell plants are in the disaster areas. The plants may have been affected, but if materials supply remains smooth, there should not a major problem for Sony's lithium battery cell production.
But supply of materials is indeed a major concern as Japan account for over 50% of global lithium battery materials' production value.