Here is the usual Canon disclaimer, always showing up after a product announcement. It will…
Yesterday , April 4, Canon Australia published a report about the impact of the Japanese earthquake.
Then, the report:
“Canon Oceania outlines local impact of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
Canon Australia and New Zealand today confirmed that the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan last month will have an impact on its consumer products business locally.
As a result of the damage to some of Canon’s operations, and those of its suppliers in the areas most affected by the disaster, Canon Oceania has assessed that:
There will be product shortages across Canon’s entire camera portfolio; including cameras, videos, lenses and parts for camera repairs.
Canon expects supply shortages will start to impact from around the middle of April and will continue to be felt through the middle of the year and potentially into the third quarter of this year.
There will be minimal impact on the supply of Canon’s consumer printing and consumable stocks; therefore only minor supply shortages in the coming months.
“We have advised our retail partners here in Australia and New Zealand of the impact on our business and are working closely with them to carefully manage supplies to ensure all our customers’ needs are met to the best of our ability,” said Jason McLean, Director – Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia.
“Our Japanese colleagues are doing everything humanly possible to recover from this tragedy, and a comprehensive recovery plan spanning development, production and sales operations has been swiftly put into place. We express our deepest sympathies to those who have experienced loss as a result of this terrible tragedy and will continue to support our colleagues in Japan as they start the rebuilding process,” concluded Jason McLean.
In response to the disaster, the Canon Group globally have donated 300 million yen ($AU 3.7 million / $NZ 4.9 million), and Canon Oceania locally have raised nearly $AU 20,000 for the Japanese Red Cross Society and other humanitarian aid organizations.”