It has been reported that Canon is temporarily closing various factories in Japan as a result of supplies from China falling short due to the impact of coronavirus.
Nikkei.com reports that several factories on the island of Kyushu will be closed for two weeks as of March 2. The supply chain of parts coming from China has been destabilized due to the broader economic impacts of coronavirus.
New cases of the virus are said to be slowing in China and it is thought that many factories that were temporarily shuttered in recent weeks will begin to open. Hundreds of millions of workers have been unable to go to work and global supply chains have been impacted.
While Canon is the only camera company to make this announcement, there will be consequences for other manufacturers, with Sony’s Chief Financial Officer, Hiroki Totoki, having already issued a warning that it will be affected. “Depending on the future progress of the virus,” he explained, “we cannot deny that our production and sales supply chain for the image sensor and electronics business could be affected enormously.” It is assumed that the largest impact will be on Sony’s smartphone image sensors and the production of Playstation 4 gaming consoles.