Nikon Japan Factories to Resume Production by End of March

Nikon posted a 2nd notice today about the status of their factory closures in Northern Japan:

"Damage to the manufacturing equipment and outlook on the future production

One of our own plants and seven of our manufacturing subsidiaries are located in Miyagi Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture in the disastrous region*. Operation has been suspended at all of them after the earthquake. 

At Tochigi Nikon Corporation, operation has started from Friday, March 18.

At Sendai Nikon Corporation and Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., both of which have been severely damaged, operation is expected to resume by the end of this March. Operation at the remaining facilities will start tomorrow on March 23.

Even after operation resumes, we have a concern that the situation may happen where our production cannot fully satisfy our customers’ requirement due to inability of full swing production caused by problems such as the planned blackouts of electricity and procurement of components from our business partners. While we will do our utmost effort to overcome such expected difficulties, we will be most grateful if our customers could understand such circumstances."

Read the full press release here.


Update on the Effects of the Earthquake and Tsunami on Japanese Photo Industry

It seems almost every camera manufacturer in Japan has been affected in one way or another by the recent 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.  Adorama Camera has a special update page on its website detailing what is known about the current impact of these disasters on the Japanese photographic industry. 

Read the update