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Nikon APS-C DSLR plant closed

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Nikon has reported that it has suspended operations at the company's sole consumer DSLR and lens plant, situated in Thailand, due to flooding. Nikon makes all their APS-C (DX) format DSLRs in Thailand from the D3100 through to the D7000 and D300s (the new Nikon 1 series are made in China). Supplies are likely to be affected (like other Japanese companies Nikon works to the 'just-in-time' manufacturing practice), helping keep inventory low across a wide-product range.

Nikon's pro DSLR factory in Japan (Sendai) was closed earlier in the year after the triple tragedy of March. That factory made the D3s/D3x and D700 (FX) models. Although production from Sendai will likely have been moved to other facilities in Japan, it looks like the availability of all FX/DX DSLR models will be restricted in the run-up to Christmas.

Notice on the damage from the flood in Thailand

October 11, 2011

Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary of Nikon Corporation in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province located in Central Thailand, is submerged by the flood caused by torrential rainfall since last July.
The latest situations at Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd. are as follows:

    1.    Damages The 1st floor of all buildings at the premises are presently submerged. Details of the damages are now under investigation. As for the employees, the human damage has not been reported so far. The factory is suspending its operation since October 6.

    2.    Estimated impact to our business performance We are now doing our utmost to estimate the impact of the flood to our group companies and business performance. We assure you to immediately advise the findings once it is judged there will be an important change in our forecast.

    3.    Recovery We are continuing to investigate details of the damage, but are unable to predict how soon operation will be resumed. We will set up our recovery support system and endeavor to restart its operation as early as possible. We are now requesting drainage of the industrial park to the Thai government, together with the Rojana Industrial Park authority, other companies in the Park and Japan External Trade Organization.

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