“We will be running our business as we consider risks of fluctuations on vehicle production,” said Masashi Nagayasu, CEO of the Japanese conglomerate’s automotive business, which makes in-car infotainment systems and other auto components.
Speaking on the first day of Panasonic’s annual investor event, Nagayasu said Panasonic was not thinking about making cars.
Panasonic, which gets roughly 14% of its total revenue from the automotive unit, expects sales in the business to rise 19% in the fiscal year ending March 2023. It expects operating profit to rise nearly 17%.
The company said last month it expected no growth in profits this business year, due to component shortages caused by COVID-19 lockdowns in China and higher commodity costs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
(This story corrects company name in paragraph 1 to Panasonic Holdings Corp from Panasonic Corp, corrects paragraph 4 to say sales are expected to rise 19%, not 10%, and operating profit to rise nearly 17%, not decline 15%.)