Sony, Nikon Update On Thailand Floods

With Thailand still badly flooded, we now know a bit more on how Sony and Nikon have been hit.

Nikon flood

Nikon flood


Earlier this month Nikon released an official statement on the flooding of their factory in Thailand, at that time saying they weren't sure on the extent of the damage and how much it would effect production. Nikon has today released an updated notice, primarily saying that the water has not subsided since their last notice, and they still do not know how much this will impact production. Thankfully, there's no reported loss of life.

This is to advise you, following our first notice of October 11, of the latest situations of submersion at Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a consolidated manufacturing subsidiary of Nikon Corporation in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province located in Central Thailand. Damages The 1st floor of all buildings at the premises are presently submerged and the water level is as high as around 2 meters and there arose no remarkable change since October 12. Operation of the factory has been suspended since October 6. It is reported that there is no human damage. Estimated impact to our business performance We still have difficulty to grasp the overall damages of our equipment and facility since access to the premises continues to be prohibited. We are now continuing our utmost to estimate the impact of the flood to our group companies and business performance. We assure you to immediately advise our findings once it is judged there will be an important change in our forecast. Recovery We are unable to define how soon operation will be resumed. It will take a certain time before the situation normalizes including completion of water pumping out from the Rojana Industrial Park. We have set up support system under the Emergency Headquarters for Disaster Control headed by the president and will endeavor to restart the operation as early as possible. Every possible measure is now under preparation to resume production by means as purchase of new manufacturing equipment, review of production assignment among whole Nikon group companies. As for drainage from the industrial park, we are requesting its acceleration to the Thai government, together with the Rojana Industrial Park authority, other companies in the Park and Japan External Trade Organization. We deeply apologize you for any inconvenience caused by the disaster such as short supply of our products.

Sony is also suffering in the floods, and has issued a statement stating that their Thai factory, which creates bodies and lenses for both their Alpha and NEX line, has been substantially damaged.

“Operations of our factory in Thailand have been temporarily suspended due to flooding, supply chain and transportation difficulties. The flooding at the STT-A [Sony Technology Thailand – Ayutthaya ] factory, which manufactures Alpha / NEX camera bodies and interchangeable lenses, began on October 14th, and some equipment has been partially damaged. We’re currently investigating the impact to overall supply chain and future product launch timing.”

In a statement on their Japanese website they stated that the production of the NEX-7, NEX-5N, NEX-C3 and a65 has been suspended, and their release dates postponed until an unknown future time.

Canon's camera factories remain thankfully undamaged by the floods, however some of their printer creation facilities are suffering. As of last week, two of their inkjet printer factories remain closed and we've not heard any updates in the interem.

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