Nikon has said it will spend around ¥600m (around $6.3m) to establish a factory in Laos. The factory will conduct part of the production process for the company's entry- and mid-level DSLRs, with final assembly still taking part in the existing Ayutthaya plant in Thailand. The move aims to increase production capacity and help reduce costs, the company says. The announcement suggests all mass-market Nikons will still pass through Ayutthaya, where all production was halted for several months following a devastating flood in October 2011.

Press Release:

To reinforce digital SLR camera manufacturing organization
Establishment of a new factory in Laos

Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new factory in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) to reinforce its digital SLR camera manufacturing organization and reduce costs.
Operations are scheduled to commence in October 2013.

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Entry-level and mid-class digital SLR cameras, and some interchangeable lenses are manufactured by Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd. In the Ayutthaya province of Thailand. With the establishment of this new factory in Laos, a part of the production for digital SLR cameras which are completed as final products at Nikon (Thailand) will be done in Laos.

Company Overview

Name Nikon Lao Co., Ltd.
Address KM 28, Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone, Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR
Capital LAK 60,000,000,000 (approx. ¥ 600,000,000)
Ownership Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Approximately 99.99%) and other
Representative director Nobuyuki Muraishi
* Part-time service. Also serves as Managing Director of Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Site area Approximately 12,500 m2 
Floor space  Approximately 10,000 m2 
No. Of employees Approximately 800 (planned) when operations commence
Start of operations Scheduled for October 2013
Primary activities Assembly of digital SLR camera units