Nikon has announced that it will close one of its Chinese factories due to the rise of the smartphone market.

The camera manufacturer said that this increase in popularity has led to the compact digital camera market ‘shrinking rapidly.’

Established in 2002, the Nikon Imaging manufacturing subsidiary in the Jiangsu province produced digital cameras and lens units for digital cameras.

The decision, which impacts the current 2,285 employees, was made by the board on October 30, 2017.

It comes after a company-wide restructuring plan was revealed in November, 2016.

Nikon Imaging’s sale subsidiary in Shanghai will remain open as normal.

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Press release:

Nikon to Discontinue Operations of a Consolidated Chinese Manufacturing Subsidiary of Imaging Business

Nikon Corporation (the “Company”) has announced at the Board of Directors’ Meeting held today the resolution that operations of consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd. will be discontinued.

1. Reason for Discontinued Operations Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd.

(NIC) was established in June, 2002 in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China, and manufactured digital cameras and lens units for digital cameras. In recent years, however, 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 and creating a difficult business environment.

In this context, the Company conducted rounds of thorough reviews and discussions on the global manufacturing structure optimization measures stated in the company-wide restructuring plan announced by the Company in November 2016. The Company has decided to discontinue operations of NIC. Thereafter, we will begin conducting relevant dissolution and liquidation procedures of NIC. Specific details will be notified separately according to the decision.

As part of restructuring the Imaging Products Business, the Company will focus more on high value-add products. China’s position as one of the most important markets in the world will remain unchanged. Nikon Imaging (China) Sales Co., Ltd. (NICS), the Company’s sales subsidiary in Shanghai, continues in full operation as normal, contributes to photo and imaging culture development, and strengthens the sales effort of imaging products and the after-sale services in China that meet customers’ satisfaction.

Moreover, besides NIC, the rest of the Company’s manufacturing and sales subsidiaries in China remain in full operation, and continue proactively developing business and services in China.