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July 7, 2008

Canon Plans New Plant in Nagasaki

In a continuing escalation of the digital photography race, Canon has announced plans to build a new manufacturing plant in the Nagasaki prefecture dedicated to the production of digital SLR and compact cameras.

Canon's press release indicates the factory could push out as many as four million camera units per year. The urgency of the manufacturer's ramp-up in production is underscored by the construction schedule - the plant is expected to be online by the holidays with ground-breaking in January of 2009.

Canon and Nikon are currently the top two tier vendors in the more profitable digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) market segment, which is complemented by auxiliary sales of lenses and accessories. With a difference of only several hundred thousand units based on reported sales figures, any increase in production capability could tip the balance in favor of the manufacturer who can generate a varied product family in large volumes.

Posted by covey22 at July 7, 2008 9:32 PM