Canon shuts down factory in China citing ‘unprecedented difficulties’

Jan 18, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Canon shuts down factory in China citing ‘unprecedented difficulties’

Jan 18, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Canon has announced the imminent shutdown of its main factory, the Zhuhai Factory based in Southern China. The factory was in operation for 32 years and was responsible for the manufacture of digital cameras, sensors, and lenses, the only such production base in the country.

Rumours circulated last week about the imminent closure and were confirmed by a statement from Canon China PR rep Shen Yue saying “the operation of the company is facing unprecedented difficulties. Despite the joint efforts of the company and all employees, it has failed to reverse the situation.”

It is not known yet if the decision to close the factory will affect all 1,317 employees, or whether some of the production lines will be relocated elsewhere.

Shen apparently emphasised the reason behind the decision as to the increasing popularity of smartphones competing directly with the camera brand. Added to that the ongoing effect of the pandemic and chip shortage and some companies are finding themselves in the eye of the perfect storm.

But closing the factory is no small deal, and further adds fuel to the fire in speculating whether Canon is truly done with EF lenses and DSLRs. In 2020, the Zhuhai factory produced 12.29 million lenses, additionally producing 1.03 million digital cameras and 94,000 digital video cameras. Indeed, closing the factory will mostly affect the compact camera market and affordable EF lenses such as the 50mm f/1.8, or ‘nifty-fifty’ as it’s fondly referred to.

It certainly does make for interesting reading after the Canon CEO’s recent announcement about ending flagship DSLRs and a focus (pun intended) on mirrorless systems in the future.

[Via YM Cinema]

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4 responses to “Canon shuts down factory in China citing ‘unprecedented difficulties’”

  1. Chris Hyldburg Avatar
    Chris Hyldburg

    Love Cannon but mirrors are going by way of the darkroom.

    1. Marinus H.B. Vesseur Avatar
      Marinus H.B. Vesseur

      …or shutters for that matter. Electronics are pushing out mechanics and soon also optics. At the same time there is a revived interest in film photography.

  2. Derkcir Avatar
    Derkcir

    Sounds like there might be more to that story

  3. Chris Cameron Avatar
    Chris Cameron

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