Coronavirus temporarily shuts down 5 Canon factories

Canon has announced it’ll be temporarily closing five of its camera and camera equipment factories due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Multiple reports have confirmed Canon will be shutting down 5 facilities for about two weeks. The facilities are located in the Oita, Miyazaki and Nagasaki prefectures. The shut down will happen on March 2nd and will end March 13th. The reason for the shutdown is “due to the influence of the new coronavirus” on the supply of parts from China. It is important to note that none of the employees are infected. According to Nikkei, “there are no infected employees at this time.”

This will have a real-world impact on Canon users

The facilities being affected are responsible for the production of SLR cameras, interchangeable lenses and security cameras. This shutdown could have a real-world impact on the delivery of the company’s camera equipment. It will not just hurt Canon’s overall bottom line. You could see a shortage of those types of equipment from Canon.

Now, Canon USA hasn’t confirmed or commented on the reports. So, this isn’t necessarily official yet. However, there’s a number of different news outlets that have reached out to Canon USA for comment. Once we learn more, we will let you know what the company announces and confirms.

When will this happen?

Again, this shutdown is only temporary and allegedly will happen between March 2nd and March 13th.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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