UPDATED: Nikon, who are currently involved in the re-launch of their brand in Australia, have said that they may have supply problems globally, following disruptions to their factories in Japan, following the earthquake, but it will not impact their launch in Australia.
The Japanese camera company said its Sendai pro d-SLR factory in the Miyagi prefecture was damaged, and operations have been halted in the short term as officials continue to assess the full extent the disaster’s impact. The factory is used to produce Nikon’s professional d-SLRs, including the D3x, D3s and D700 cameras.
Nick Segger Marketing Manager at Nikon Australia said “It will not impact our launch in Australia or at this stage supplies to Australia”.
“We believe that the Company is working to bring production back to normal” Segger added.
A disaster control operation has been set up by the Company who late this morning said “We are concentrating on evaluating the immediate damage caused by the disaster and the controlled interruption of electricity to their plants which started from March 14.
The company said that an undisclosed number of employees were injured in the quake, but details were being withheld pending further investigations into the safety of employees and their families. In the meantime, the group has set up emergency headquarters for disaster control.
Also sustaining damage to facilities and/or equipment were group companies, including Sendai Nikon Corporation, Miyagi Nikon Precision, Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Tochigi Nikon Corporation, Tochigi Nikon Precision Co. and other subsidiaries, including certain plants.