|Canon, Nikon suspend operations at certain facilities in Japan|
|Monday, March 14, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith|
|Canon has suspended operations at eight of its facilities in Japan, all in areas affected by last week’s earthquake and resulting tsunami, and is reporting 15 injuries at its factory in Utsunomiya. In statements released yesterday and today, the company indicates that damage was most significant at its EF lens production plant in Utsunomiya as well as in Fukushima, where inkjet printers are manufactured. At both facilities, says the company, “time will likely be needed before operations resume.”
Nikon has also suspended operations at various facilities in Japan, including at its higher-end digital SLR and F6 factory in Sendai (which we visited in 2007). At least four Nikon facilities are affected, and the company is reporting an unspecified number of injuries to employees as well.
In addition, interruptions to electricity and transportation systems, as well as damage to factories that produce memory and batteries for consumer electronics, are likely to have some impact on the ability of Canon, Nikon and others to build and ship digital cameras in the weeks to come.