Several Japanese manufacturers of photographic equipment with factories located in areas affected by the earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March have issued statements detailing the effects of the disaster on their operations.
March 15, 2011: Several Japanese manufacturers of photographic equipment with factories located in areas affected by the earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March have issued statements detailing the effects of the disaster on their operations.
Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Seiko Epson, Sigma and Sony are among the companies with factories that are likely to be affected by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. Canon has issued a statement saying the Canon Inc headquarters and the Canon Group Subsidiary locations in Japan did not suffer major damage to any buildings or factories, although approximately 12 employees at Canon’s Utsunomiya factory suffered minor injuries and in some Canon manufacturing sites production was suspended as a result of power failures.
Fujifilm has confirmed that its Taiwa-Cho factory, 32 kilometres from Sendai city, has been affected, although no staff are reported as injured. damage to the factory building has caused a temporary halt in production of the FinePix X100, which is made at this plant. Nikon’s Sendai factory, which manufactures the company’s flagship DSLRs has suffered damage to some part of the equipment and buildings and production has been temporarily suspended. Some employees have been injured. A company statement can be found at: http://nikon.com/about/news/2011/0314_01.htm
Thom Hogan (www.bythom.com) reports the Sigma COO has tweeted there was damage to machines and facilities at the company’s Fukushima Aizu factory, but no injuries or casualties. Production is expected to re-start within a week. Hogan also has a detailed report on the current status of Nikon’s Sendai operations plus links to Google Maps and satellite views of the affectes area.