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Nikon digital camera and lens manufacturing plant affected by Thailand flooding  
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith
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.

Flooding has devastated the southeast Asian nation since late July, taking hundreds of lives and displacing millions more.

Nikon's statement is below.

Press Release

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.

Reference data
Outline of Nikon (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.
Location:    Ayutthaya Province, Thailand
Representative:    Nobuyuki Muraishi, Managing Director
Capital:    1 billion bahts
Shareholder:    Nikon Corporation (100%)
Establishment:    October 1990 (factory completed in November 1991)
Main businesses:    Manufacture of digital single-lens reflex cameras, Interchangeable lenses, etc.

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