Canon prepares to move 50% of their production back to Japan by 2015

Canon is preparing to move 50% of their production back to Japan by 2015:

"Japanese imaging and optical equipment maker Canon plans to return 50% of its production on-shore by the year 2015. Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai cited the weak yen and expenses of manufacturing overseas as the main reasons for moving back production to Japan."

Introducing automated production and robots should offset the expenses of moving back the production in Japan.

Via Japandailypress

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  • outkasted

    First. Begone outsourcing begone!

    • Henri De Vreese

      They weren’t outsourcing…
      Outsourcing is letting other companies do the things you don’t do efficiënt enough. (eg. for almost all companies this is bookkeeping)
      Canon had their own production facilities in China btw…

      • outkasted


        • Paul

          right…. great discussion so far *crickets*
          So this is a big deal right? I don’t really care about this for any plausible increase in quality reasons -which I don’t think there will be any- its just very interesting from a business/economic perspective. I would love to see move of this happening with other tech companies, ref: macpro

      • NoMeJodas

        I didn’t know that. But you are right, it seems that Canon prefer to run their own off-shore facilities ( ) rather than just making the design and specifications and letting other companies do the actual production for them, which is what companies like Apple prefer to do ( )

  • umbungo

    so in the age of globalisation,

  • umbungo

    interesting. so Japan’s going nationalist too in the age of globalisation.

    • madmax

      Japan always was ultra-nationalist, but this is a mistake in my opinion. Chinese are now the best customers of Canon products but for sure they are not going to feel very happy with this move.

      • Henri De Vreese

        You think Chinese people (or people in general) know where there product are made and care about that? I would even bet that Chinese people would even see Japan as high-quality despite the tentions between the two.

        • madmax

          Of course they still see Japan as a hi-tech leader, but they also know what Japanese electronics are made in China.
          In 2012 Canon opened a factory in Brazil and it is unlikely they are going to close it after 3 years. If Canon close Shanghai facilities, it no doubt will have serious consequences for the company in relation with the commerce with China.

          • Sky

            Chinese market isn’t really a huge one in cameras – I’m sure Canon will live even if communists officially ban their cameras across the country.

          • madmax

            Hahaha! This is the most silly comment here till now: Not a huge market?, “communists”? Hahaha!

          • Sky

            Yes, People’s Republic of China is a socialist state – one of a very few remaining.
            And no – it’s not a huge market IN CAMERAS – sales they got are lower than in EU.

          • Sky

            I highly recommend getting familiar with Wikipedia:
            Chinese are communists.

    • Sky

      How moving production to your country suddenly is nationalism?

      If that’s nationalism – than long live all of the nationalist companies!

  • Jer

    The United States never really abolished slavery. We just outsourced it.

    • TinusVerdino

      renamed it, you mean. The American Dream.

    • guest

      You know, there’s grafitti in Herculaneum (the wealthier coastal sister city to Pompeii) left by roman soldiers garrisoned there that they couldn’t survive in that pricey city on a soldier’s salary. This was hundreds of years ago, on the other side of the planet. And yet you make it a slavery thing; and “American” to boot.

      Such an ignorant remark…

  • In times that change so rapidly one might presume that just the moment they complete relocation of production facilities yen would get stronger and this whole transfer-production thing becomes only money-waisting.

    • markz

      Canon already have the many of the manufacturing facilities in place in Japan that manufacture identical or similar products, it would be more a case of increasing capacity through further automation and some staff increases.

      and if shipping plant and machinery from Malaysia or Thailand was if needed would be hardly be a major budget killer as modern factory kit is made from get go to be palletised and containerised.

  • Sky

    Didn’t Canon plan to build fully robotic camera manufacturing facility? That would certainly make it possible.

  • Mike D

    Korea is now a major player in automobiles after ripping off Japanese engineering and China is famous for copying just about everything. It’s only a matter of time before you will be buying Chinese branded cameras. Some of the them you’ll swear were Canon. Manufacturing in China greatly shortens the copying process.

    • markz

      or already, they are out there, maybe not in the US market but in many other markets including “1st world” countries

  • Les

    Canon’s SLRs and lenses are already made in Japan, so no change there.

    What this tells me is that Canon don’t see a market for low-end point-and-shoot cameras. Seems reasonable: the people who used to buy those cameras are content to take pictures with their phones.

    • markz

      Canon have made a number of consumer EOS lenses in their Malaysian factories since the 1990’s ,amy of the kit lenses, 50 f1.8, various (but not all) models of the 75-300

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