Canon has confirmed that its digital camera production will be hit by the Thailand floods because factories supplying key parts have been damaged in the disaster.
The news comes as two Canon inkjet printer factories in central Thailand remain closed, halting production of the company’s flagship Pixma Pro-1 printer that was announced on Monday.
Though Canon has not divulged which cameras will be affected, a spokesperson told Amateur Photographer this afternoon: ‘While Canon does not have camera manufacturing facilities in Thailand, our parts suppliers have also sustained damage due to the floods which will affect Canon camera production.’
The spokesperson said the firm has established a ‘recovery task force’ to minimise the impact on customers.
Last month Canon unveiled its PowerShot S100 digital compact (pictured above), which combines a ‘high-sensitivity’ 12.1-million-pixel CMOS sensor with a Digic 5 image processor.
Last week Canon unwrapped the EOS-1D X (pictured below), an 18.1MP full-frame DSLR designed to replace the EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds, Mark III. It is not due to go on sale until next year.
News of the impact of the floods on Canon’s camera output first emerged in the firm’s financial results, released yesterday. The firm said ?due to the floods in Thailand in this month, the company anticipates delays in production for select [sic] inkjet printer and digital camera products?.
Earlier this month the floods forced Canon Hi-Tech (Thailand) Ltd to shut down two inkjet plants in Ayutthaya, one in Rojana Industrial Estate and one in the Hi-Tech Industrial Estate.
Meanwhile, Canon yesterday told visitors to its Pro Solutions show in London that it expects the Pro-1 printer to be delayed by the floods.
The Pro-1 was originally due to go on sale in November.
However, visitors were told that availability may be pushed back to the end of November or December.