70 Years of Nikon: Reports of Camera Production Moving to Thailand

Updated: Apr 17, 2021

In an effort to reduce costs, Japan will no longer serve as a home to a Nikon factory.

After more than 70 years, the Tokyo factory is reportedly closing it’s doors, with domestic camera production being moved to Thailand factories.

“The first Nikon camera produced in Japan was a line of twenty experimental cameras, which were made in the Nippon Kokagu factory in 1946.”

Nikon’s Sendai, Japan factory opened in 1971, and covers nearly 27,000 square meters.

The first camera the Sendai factory produced was the Nikon EM, which was released in 1979.

Ever since, this factory has been the centerpiece for the camera production of Nikon, even providing technical assistance to overseas production.

This news came from Japanese publication, AERAdot, publishing that Nikon General Manager of Video Division, Hirotaka Ikegami says that the factory will continue to be used for new business endeavours, including production technology and mobility.

Hirotaka also promises that the Thailand factory “will continue to produce high-performance, high-precision parts required for products.”

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