Posts tagged: Thailand

A Visit to Canon’s imageRUNNER Advance Manufacturing Plant

Jim Hamilton
 Jun 26, 2012

As part of the industry analyst trip I wrote about previously, Canon brought us to a manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China (in Jiangsu province near Shanghai). The site produces all of the imageRUNNER Advance units sold worldwide as well as the feeding and finishing devices associated with the series. Founded in September of 2001, this site produced its first imageRUNNER in 2002. It now has around 8,600 employees, of which 6,000 or so work on its massive production floor. The site is jointly controlled by Canon, Inc. (66.5%), Canon Finetech, Inc. (23.5%), and Canon (China) Co. Ltd. (10%). It cost approximately $67 million to build and in 2011 accounted for $1.44 billion in sales (this figure represents an internal transfer).

Why Suzhou? Canon chose to build its plant in Suzhou for two reasons: (1) easy access to component manufacturers and (2) the region’s large base of technology-savvy workers. Canon’s goal was to create an environmentally-friendly and technologically-advanced plant capable of top-level quality production using a quality control philosophy based in part on upstream parts management.

Canon facility in Suzhou, China

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Canon’s Fourth Five-Year Plan

Jim Hamilton
 Jun 19, 2012

Last week I was among a group of ten American industry analysts and trade magazine editors that Canon flew to its Tokyo headquarters and also to a manufacturing facility near Shanghai. Though we were briefed on some new product developments under non-disclosure the main purpose of the trip was to give this group of industry influencers a better understanding of Canon’s market strategy. A good place to start is with Canon’s five-year plan.

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Nikon DSLRs – Back to Normal

Ed Lee
 May 18, 2012

In October 2011, Nikon’s DSLR camera factory in Thailand was devastated by flood waters, which caused the complete shutdown of its entry-level and mid-range DSLR production lines right before the critical holiday season.

In its year-end Fiscal results, Nikon highlighted the events and its recovery timeline.

  • October 6, 2011: Operations suspended at Nikon Thailand Corporation (NTC) due to the fact that the factory was submerged under 2 meters of flood waters. The flood came at a critical time of the year, when all camera manufacturers were gearing up for the all-important holiday season and beginning production ramp up of soon-to-be announced cameras.
  • November 30, 2011: Nikon restarted partial deliveries of DSLR cameras and interchangeable lenses thanks to alternative production by Thai partner factories.
  • January 3, 2012: Partial operations resumed at NTC, as Nikon had forecasted would happen back in November.
  • January to March 2012: NTC ramped up its camera production, adding to finished goods produced by partner factories.
  • By the end of March, the combined production capacity of NTC and partner factories had reached normal production levels.

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