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…

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  1. I hope it doesn’t ultimately cause quality control issues, I’d rather they wait it out and build the gear right then find a workaround solution for expediency. And hopefully it doesn’t effect final cost to the consumer.
  2. It is what it is. It just gives me more time to save up $$$$. When the R5 is finally shipped, wipe it down with a disinfectant. :p
    I'd rather use an acetylene torch if you buy a Sony.
    Keep it on the A 7-9 for at least a few minutes to be on the safe side.
  3. Cologne is in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia where Corona is currently spreading more than anywhere in Germany. We have officially 180 infected people and 92 of those live in North Rhine-Westphalia. Photokina is at end of May and it seems the organisers' plan is to wait and see what happens til early or mid May. There has been talk about hot summer temperatures making it harder for the virus to spread but since we haven't had a summer with Corona we will have to see.

    Germany's biggest fitness fair was scheduled for early April in Cologne but they moved it into the second half of 2020. My personal guess is that the Photokina organisers are working on the same plan before it's too late and they can't find another good date.
  4. It is what it is. It just gives me more time to save up $$$$. When the R5 is finally shipped, wipe it down with a disinfectant. :p

    You din't need to wipe it down, letting is sit for a week does the trick. Imagine, having your brand new R5 sitting in its box on the shelf just taunting you every time you walk by for a week. :LOL:
  5. The economic impact of the Corona virus is not only going to impact supply chains, but sales. People will not be traveling, I'd give the Olympics a 80% chance of being cancelled. Its already caused my orders from China to be put on hold. Truck drivers are going to stop all but essential hauling of food and medical supplies, its going to be horrible. I don't live near Seattle, but my son sent photos of a grocery store stripped of long term essentials, just empty shelves.
  6. NAB 2020 (April in Las Vegas) is currently still "ON" but more than one major vendor is expected to back out by end of this week.

    And here's the first one:
  7. It is what it is. It just gives me more time to save up $$$$. When the R5 is finally shipped, wipe it down with a disinfectant. :p
    Yeah, try to keep your tongue from touching the new camera. :eek:
  8. People will not be traveling, I'd give the Olympics a 80% chance of being cancelled.

    If the Olympics were in a country the US hates then yes. But they are in Japan so no. Who goes is a different question.
  9. Apple, Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Sony... All in the same boat, so no one comes out of this disaster with a competitive advantage.

    But that is not the point.
    The point is: We have to wait longer until we can hold our new R5 in our hands ...
  10. I live in Sydney Australia.
    We also have travel bans from many countries now like the US has.
    My wife and I have just come home from our favourite supermarket and there was no toilet paper, tissues or hand sanitisers in stock, where the shelves are usually bursting with this stuff.

    In my personal opinion, I think people are overreacting to this disease, but we do have to be cautious, but not allow it to rule our lives.

    Manufacturers will find other sources of supply so we may hang out for a few months but everything will settle down and return to normal.
    This disease has affected China VERY hard. Their car sales are now down by 92%.
    Last weekend, one of my brothers-in-law travelled to India via Hong Kong and he sent me a photo from inside Hong Kong's airport. There wasn't one person in the photo.
    The big loosers are the airlines and tourist industries.
  11. The virus is only going to get worse. There's a 100% chance Photokina will be cancelled. They may as well announce the cancellation now.

    Which is all very sad. Disruption of camera supply chains is not good for any of us.

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