UPDATE: Canon to close five plants for nearly two weeks this month.
Canon said on February 28 that it will suspend operations at its five offices in Kyushu, which produce cameras and related products, for about two weeks from March 2 to 13. The supply of parts from China may become unstable due to the effects of the new coronavirus. The operation date will be re-assigned to a different date within the year, but details will be finalized in the future. The company hopes to maintain production efficiency by operating when parts supply is stable.
The target is a total of five manufacturing subsidiaries in Oita, Miyazaki and Nagasaki. The company produces SLR cameras, interchangeable lenses, network cameras (surveillance cameras), etc. At the moment, no employees have been infected. [Via Nikkei]
I have been told that internally, Canon is actively preparing for the worst with their supply chain because of the coronavirus. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
Currently, Canon is reportedly ok for parts for current gear but we may see some delays or lower than expected production numbers of new products, such as the Canon EOS R5.
I think the Canon EOS R6, which is rumoured to be announced ahead of Photokina in May and shipping relatively soon after could be delayed.
I am also told that a decision about the viability for Photokina in May will be decided on relatively soon. Do not be shocked if the show is cancelled.
More to come…