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Tamron mothballs 2 of 3 factories

Tamron has announced that two of its three main factories will remain closed through the end of 2020 due to the decrease in global demand it attributes to Covid lockdowns.

This graph of plunging lens shipments over the past three years perhaps indicates that the Tamron factory shutdown is not entirely attributable to the Covid lockdowns. (Source: CIPA)

Tamron’s Hirosaki and Namioka factories in Aomori prefecture. Each of the three plants plant has a dedicated manufacturing role, with the Hirosaki plant handling metal processing, assembly and repairs; the Namioka plant making the lens elements; and the Owani plant moulding the plastic components.

Tamron said ‘the global market has not yet recovered, and in consideration of the uncertainty of the market environment in the future, we will continue to extend the partial closure…until the end of the year.’

Tamron notes business will continue during these closures, but it could ‘cause inconvenience…to our business partners.’

Tamron is celebrating its 70th anniversary during this inauspicious year. It began operations in 1950 providing a lens polishing service for binocular manufacturers, manuafcatiring its own bincolar line in 1953 and them moving on to camera lens elements and then full production of camera lenses.

In the 1960s, Tamron developed the Tamron Adapt-A-Matic range of lenses, which featured a universal interchangeable lens mount system.


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