12th October 2011, 01:52 AM
Rob Galbraith: Nikon digital camera and lens manufacturing plant affected by Thailand
Nikon's Thailand subsidiary, where it manufactures digital SLRs such as the D7000 and D5100, numerous mostly consumer-level interchangeable lenses as well as camera parts, was forced to cease operation last week ahead of anticipated major flooding of the industrial park in which they're located. Significant flood waters did arrive over the weekend, swamping their facilities. In a statement issued today, Nikon indicates that the "1st floor of all buildings at the premises are presently submerged" and that they are "unable to predict how soon operation will be resumed." Bloomberg is reporting that Canon has shut down its Thai inkjet printer facility as well, and that numerous other global brands with plants in the same area of central Thailand have been similarly affected.