With many popular cameras currently in high demand but short supply, a lot of photographers and videographers are anxiously waiting for stocks to be resupplied and their cameras to arrive. Those delays may be significantly lengthened for multiple manufacturers due to a fire at a Japanese integrated components factory.
Originally reported by Inside Imaging, the fire broke out on October 20 at AKM Semiconductor's Nobeoka factory in Japan and burned for three days, destroying the factory. AKM supplies components for several camera manufacturers, including Canon, Nikon, and Sony, as well as many audio manufacturers. The company manufacturers a wide range of components, including integrated circuits and digital-to-analog converters, and with these components being crucial to camera manufacturers, serious delays may be introduced. In fact, Canon, Nikon, and Sony were forced to adjust their Black Friday promotions due to the supply loss.
Reports indicate that the factory will not be operational again for at least half a year, with possibly up to a year before things are back to normal. With long waits for several popular models, particularly due to COVID-related issues, we may see even longer delays due to the disrupted supply of components, though it is not entirely clear yet how severe the impact will be.