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Sony USA: too soon to know impact of Thai flooding on SLT-A65 and NEX-7

By dpreview staff on Oct 20, 2011 at 22:58 GMT

Sony USA says it is too soon to know what effect the floods in Thailand will have on A65 and NEX-7 shipments. In response to reports from Japan that the launches will be delayed, a spokesman said: 'In Japan, a press announcement was made on October 20th regarding launch delays to the Japanese market. This does not apply to the US market, as the impact of the flood on US product shipping is still under investigation.' He also said that, as a: '"temporary emergency operation", Sony is planning to move production of Alpha / NEX to another factory facility in Thailand that was unaffected by the flood.' Nikon, meanwhile, has made no further comment, beyond confirming that its sole factory making APS-C DSLRs is currently out of action. So far the company's Chinese-made 1 Series mirrorless models and lenses appear unaffected.

Updated: Nikon issues revised statement.

Sony USA's statement:

“Operations of our factory in Thailand have been temporarily suspended due to flooding, supply chain and transportation difficulties.  The flooding at the STT-A [Sony Technology Thailand – Ayutthaya ] factory, which manufactures Alpha / NEX camera bodies and interchangeable lenses, began on October 14th, and some equipment has been partially damaged.  We’re currently investigating the impact to overall supply chain and future product launch timing.”

Nikon's 2nd statement:

October 21, 2011

This is to advise you, following our first notice of October 11, of the latest situations of submersion at Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a consolidated manufacturing subsidiary of Nikon Corporation in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province located in Central Thailand.

  1. Damages

    The 1st floor of all buildings at the premises are presently submerged and the water level is as high as around 2 meters and there arose no remarkable change since October 12. Operation of the factory has been suspended since October 6. It is reported that there is no human damage.

  2. Estimated impact to our business performance

    We still have difficulty to grasp the overall damages of our equipment and facility since access to the premises continues to be prohibited. We are now continuing our utmost to estimate the impact of the flood to our group companies and business performance. We assure you to immediately advise our findings once it is judged there will be an important change in our forecast.

  3. Recovery

    We are unable to define how soon operation will be resumed. It will take a certain time before the situation normalizes including completion of water pumping out from the Rojana Industrial Park. We have set up support system under the Emergency Headquarters for Disaster Control headed by the president and will endeavor to restart the operation as early as possible. Every possible measure is now under preparation to resume production by means as purchase of new manufacturing equipment, review of production assignment among whole Nikon group companies. As for drainage from the industrial park, we are requesting its acceleration to the Thai government, together with the Rojana Industrial Park authority, other companies in the Park and Japan External Trade Organization.

We deeply apologize you for any inconvenience caused by the disaster such as short supply of our products.

Comments

Total comments: 46
ksgant
By ksgant (Oct 25, 2011)

From Nikon's revised statement: "It is reported that there is no human damage". Does this mean, as I think it does, that no one at the factories were injured? Or that no humans caused any damage in relation to preparing for and bracing for the flood?

I'm wondering if they'll get the factory employees to assist in the clean-up and getting it back into operating levels. Hard to say, but it would at least keep them working so they don't have to be laid off in the short-term.

New camera's and gadgets aside, I just hope they get back to normal soon for everyone involved, and my thoughts go out to the ones that lost their lives and homes.

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BBnose
By BBnose (Oct 24, 2011)

This is such a new camera I'm waiting for a long time. I really like the design, smart operation and well built. It seems hard to find a downside of it.
I heard it is Thailand made. So the flooding there may affect the delivery.
Wishing Thailand getting better soon!
Thailand! Stay STRONG!

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mrhajitjackson
By mrhajitjackson (Oct 24, 2011)

Does this affect the production of the A 77? I see the article mentioned the A65 and the NEX.

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TOOBAD2
By TOOBAD2 (Oct 24, 2011)

WE CAN WAIT FOR OUR NEW CAMERAS. ITS THE PEOPLES LIVES THAT ARE MORE IMPORTANT AND THEIR JOBS AND HOMES. I WILL BE HERE WAITING FOR THE NEXT SHIPMENT. WHEN EVER THAT MAY BE . MAY ALL THAT ARE SUFFERING FIND PEACE AND SAFETY.

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Dan Ortego
By Dan Ortego (Oct 22, 2011)

I've been in the market for a new camera for about a year although every model I wanted has been affected by floods. Oh well...

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_Photographer_
By _Photographer_ (Oct 21, 2011)

I wish I'll be able to buy the NEX-7 in november...

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Oct 21, 2011)

"The floods are the worst in Thailand in five decades and have killed at least 342 people since July and devastated industrialized areas to the north of Bangkok."..."The floods have also killed at least 247 in Cambodia and displaced tens of thousands of people...At least 100 bodies had been found in the low-lying parts of central Myanmar along the Irrawaddy River, with at least 100 more missing..."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/21/us-thailand-floods-idUSTRE79K2XG20111021

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pimuk
By pimuk (Oct 23, 2011)

I live in Thailand. This is the worst ever flooding in terms of economy and vast evacuation though the death toll is not that much. Anyway, some reap big benefit of out panic buying, a big boon for them.

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wetsleet
By wetsleet (Oct 21, 2011)

did the reviewing facilities at DPR also get flooded out?

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hiplnsdrftr
By hiplnsdrftr (Oct 24, 2011)

A lot of "preview" not so many reviews...

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JPnyc
By JPnyc (Oct 21, 2011)

Maybe this would be a good time for all of us camera enthusiasts around the world to increase awareness of the HUMAN flood victims in Thailand. Sadly, there has not been much coverage of this event, as it apparently has no vital impact on american interests - well, apart maybe from camera delays under the X-mas tree.
The photography community should be taking the cameras they already have - and use them to post pictures of these human tragedies, so to make people more aware. Factories are important, but humans are MORE important.
How about skipping one purchase of a new camera upgrade (probably not really necessary anyway) and donate the money saved instead to the Thai Red Cross? The PEOPLE who make the cameras we all love so much would be most grateful ...
(direct link below)
http://www.redcross.or.th/old/english/donation/moneydonate_internet.php?sc=0046&insertflag=1&sid=bo37mnqtilb3t0re4jmmhash62

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Najinsky
By Najinsky (Oct 21, 2011)

An unusually frank opinion you rarely hear from one of their own:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/261557/we-do-not-know-what-we-are-doing

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rafaeldBR
By rafaeldBR (Oct 21, 2011)

Hi Dpreview,

I'd like see this full preview until saturday because on sunday I will be travelling and I can't read about this camera until I back. It's possible finished this previews until saturday ? I appreciate it.

Thanks for keep us updated.

Regards
Rafael

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cxsparc
By cxsparc (Oct 21, 2011)

Greenhouse warming yes or no, but the issue is that in such a country with low landscape a critical factory should be at least built in such a way that floods do not damage critical equipment.

But a similar thing keeps on happening on the US gulf coast, where houses are (re-)built immediately near the beach and repeatedly destroyed by storms common to that region since more than 100 years.

So it is not a question of how global warming may affect people, but instead how people lack to adapt to the restrictions of their local nature. Other example is Bangladesh: Almost the entire country is less than 9 m above sea level, because essentially, this state is mudland created near the outlet of big rivers (e.g. Ganges) coming from the Himalaya.
Part 1 -)

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cxsparc
By cxsparc (Oct 21, 2011)

Part 2 -)
If you live there, expect flooding and build buildings accordingly. Of course, this costs more money which many people there may not have, although in the long run, it comes cheaper.

Back to Thailand, flooding of houses may disrupt the lives of Thailands citizen, but in the past this was not critical for that society because of the lack of complex tech. You "just" rebuild. But now that a lot of hightech is manufactured there, the results become much more drastic to the income of the citizens and Thailands society. Still, the problem could have been much reduced by building factories on mounds or by reducing the use of the first story for storage.
I am sure that Thailand and the involved companies will learn from this disaster.

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Kuvasauna
By Kuvasauna (Oct 21, 2011)

Rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere already seem to be influencing the intensity of rainfall and increasing the risk ofl damage from flooding. Warmer air holds more moisture and makes heavier rains possible. We have always had floods, but they are getting worse and more frequent. Photographic community should be very much aware of the effects of climate change as many of us report these disasters.

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wetsleet
By wetsleet (Oct 21, 2011)

wow, did the climate change already?

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Oct 21, 2011)

Good news is no body is dead...and the bad news is no production for Sony and Nikon......wish them all the best for quick recovery.........

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Oct 21, 2011)

Unfortunately roughly 310 people are dead so far.

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Oct 21, 2011)

Oh GOD !!

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Shirrif
By Shirrif (Oct 21, 2011)

What kind of company will have "sole factory making APS-C DSLRs" as it says in texts. Nobody, just nobody in consumer (or in any volume production) business have a sole supply point for items they produce. Just greed, I say, from Nikon.

Good thing so far that no loss of life, but serves Nikon right.

BTW: "We are now requesting drainage of the industrial park".
"Dear Sirs, We approach You because it seems that our whole factory is submerged two meters deep. Would you be so kind to mop water out at nearest convenient time" ;)

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sandy b
By sandy b (Oct 21, 2011)

Serves Nikon Right?? What kind of idiotic hate filled thing to say.Are you a child? Nikon has factories in Japan, China and Thailand. The Japan site was closed for months due to the Tsunami. It chose Thailand as its source of APS, Nikon in not such a large company that can afford factories making the same camera in different sites. And this article is about Sony. And there have been over 300 lives lost. Nikon has maded huge monetary donation to the communities impacted by this terrible flooding. Your thinly veiled hate is disgusting.

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slaybells
By slaybells (Oct 21, 2011)

On a lighter note, I bet the donation is not as good as that by Olympus make for financial advice..

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 21, 2011)

Company X leases cheap land near river. Flood inundates factory. Company X tells authorities to drain floodwaters and, presumably, not pass costs to Company X, or Company X will abandon site and find more friendly place.

Meanwhile, squatter huts downstream get wet, take shelter elsewhere for a while, then move back and rebuild huts.

A wonderful thing, the free market.

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Shirrif
By Shirrif (Oct 22, 2011)

@sandy b: Not hate. Definitely not hate so I am sorry to hear you to say that. Loss of lives was not known to me at time of writing. Article was about Nikon as well so I reserve right to comment on that. Nikon is big enough to split manufacturing of consumer SLRs over two factories. I still think it was either greed or incompetence. But if I am offending in my words, I truly hope that you would consider yours as well.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Oct 22, 2011)

Shirrif: Actually Nikon splits manufacturing of DSLRs in 2 places: Thailand (consumer) and Japan (professional). Ironically, both factories were hit by natural calamities at different times this year. I hear that they are planning to move manufacturing from Japan to Malaysia next year. Currently, Malaysia only produces their compact cameras. China produces the V1/J1.

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Anirut J
By Anirut J (Oct 21, 2011)

A big thanks to everyone for your concern with the floods in Thailand. The industrial estate where Sony is located has been much affected yesterday. I don't know about the factory itself, but the area is now flooded, expecting may be upto 2 meters of water. (Note: emphasis on MAY BE). I'm here braced and ready for the impact at home which can occur anytime.

Thanks again for all your concerns. God bless.

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Sosua
By Sosua (Oct 21, 2011)

I hope you are well and Thailand recovers, who can care to comment on such a petty thing as camera manufacture in such a time? It really puts things in perspective - 2011 - a year to rise above.

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Oct 21, 2011)

How about the E mount Zeiss lens?

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Oct 21, 2011)

All Zeiss lenses are made in Japan if I'm not mistaken. A-mount and E-mount.

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kmkw2009
By kmkw2009 (Oct 21, 2011)

I was told by a Sony-affiliated camera store that their Sony rep said the delay would only be 2 weeks. We'll see how holds up...

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (Oct 21, 2011)

No human damage is good news.

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Lng0004
By Lng0004 (Oct 21, 2011)

First and foremost, sympathy goes out to the people affected.

But that aside, this has been a REALLY tough year for Sony. Tsunami, floods, not to mention the numerous attacks on their servers/PSN. And yet, they still deliver some quality products. And yet, people are still nitpicking :)

I hope NEX-7 production won't be affected THAT much as I really want my camera before Xmas. Or at least my birthday in January.

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SDF
By SDF (Oct 21, 2011)

Sony is having a really rough year. First the Tsunami and now the floods.

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CFynn
By CFynn (Oct 21, 2011)

Nikon is at least as affected - possibly more so. Certainly in terms of numbers of cameras.

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dark goob
By dark goob (Oct 21, 2011)

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Thailand, as well as Nikon, Sony, and all their employees affected. After the tragedy of earlier this year, I think we have all been amazed by the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability for companies to get past these tragedies. I can only speak for myself, but in my position on the retail side of things, I can only say that I would lend my support however I can for our partners Nikon and Sony.

I would urge everyone to donate to the Red Cross and hope for speedy aid to those affected.

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Dirtweed
By Dirtweed (Oct 21, 2011)

Of course it is going to impact far more things than the camera industry and countless lives in the country. You can get all of that info on you local news, but since dpreview is a camera based site they are posting news affecting the camera industry.

So nothing to lose sleep over, but good information to have especially for those that have made pre-orders so that they know of possible delays.

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Mloscalzo91
By Mloscalzo91 (Oct 21, 2011)

I mean, I don’t know how to feel about this. Are the productions and release date of these cameras really such a big deal that we have to lose sleep over it?

I could be completely clueless here and not thinking about this from a smarter point of view and if that is the case, someone please explain why this is a big deal when the flood is clearly going to do more damage than that to the camera industry.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Oct 21, 2011)

This is just news reportage. No one talked about losing sleep.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 21, 2011)

This is a digital camera website. Nobody is minimizing the impact of the flood on the people of the region, just trying to inform customers.

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fad
By fad (Oct 21, 2011)

I could not agree more that our thoughts should be about the bloated bodies that have drowned and less about our digital cameras. Some people just lack the compassion and imagination that superior people have learned ton use to bully the rest of you.

It's the same way with space flight. NASA and too many others focus on the effect of gravity on orbits, when every year innocent babies fall out of windows and are injured by gravity. I urge everyone, whenever they are tempted to think about space flight, to restrain a baby instead.

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Lng0004
By Lng0004 (Oct 21, 2011)

Fad, i suggest you save your time and go out to do something that can help the world instead of replying to these heartless responses from camera addicts on a camera review website.

I also suggest you stop driving to save a life.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 21, 2011)

@fad Maybe you shouldn't be on a camera review website then. Why not BBC or Reuters? You're so concerned with the flood victims you decided to stop by DPR?

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fad
By fad (Oct 21, 2011)

Hic depositum est Corpus
IONATHAN SWIFT S.T.D.
Hujus Ecclesiæ Cathedralis
Decani,
Ubi sæva Indignatio
Ulterius
Cor lacerare nequit,
Abi Viator
Et imitare, si poteris,
Strenuum pro virili
Libertatis Vindicatorem.

Obiit 19º Die Mensis Octobris
A.D. 1745 Anno Ætatis 78º.

William Butler Yeats poetically translated it from the Latin as:

Swift has sailed into his rest.
Savage indignation there
cannot lacerate his breast.
Imitate him if you dare,
world-besotted traveller.
He served human liberty.

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ddeiana
By ddeiana (Oct 21, 2011)

I'm supposed to go to Cape Town on the 2nd December. The NEX would have been the replacement for my faithful LX3. I guess it does deserve a goodbye trip on the other side of the world, it's served me so well for the last three years or so...

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futurewah
By futurewah (Oct 21, 2011)

@fad NASA and babies falling out of windows?

Yes... we should be more concerned about flood victims than a delay in our next camera purchase... but your pretentious post borders on the insane

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