Nikon closes Chinese compact camera factory
TOKYO: Nikon said yesterday it has ceased operations at a compact camera factory in China, underscoring how picture-taking smartphones have devastated the market for digital cameras. Tokyo-based Nikon, which is going through a sweeping restructuring to repair its finances, said it ended operations of Nikon Imaging (China) in eastern Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, which employed nearly 2,300 people.
“In recent years...due to the rise of smartphones, the compact digital camera market has been shrinking rapidly, leading to a significant decrease in operating rate at NIC (Nikon Imaging China) and creating a difficult business environment,” Nikon said in a statement.
“The company has decided to discontinue operations of NIC. Thereafter, we will begin conducting relevant dissolution and liquidation procedures,” it added.
Nikon said it expected the factory closure to cost around 7.0 billion yen ($62 million), but added that China will remain one of its key markets. —AFP