JAPAN QUAKE ,TSUNAMI & RADIATION SHUTS 5 RICOH PLANTS
Further to last week’s report on the impact of the earthquake and tsunami on Japan’s leading camera manufacturers, Ricoh has advised that it has suspended operations at several manufacturing plants in the Tohuko, Kanto and Shizuoka prefectures.
The company also advised that none of its employees had been injured as result of the March 11 earthquake.The divisions that have suspended operations include Ricoh Optical Industries (optical products and projectors), Hazama Ricoh (product parts), Tohoku Rioch (MFPs, printers and toner), Ricoh Printing Systems (production printing products) and Gotemba Plant (MFPs and printers).
Meantime, Olympus has added to the earthquake relief fund with a donation of Yen100 million ($1.2 million). Panasonic, Sony and Canon have each donated Yen300 million ($3.6 million) to various relief organisations while Nikon has donated Yen100 million ($1.2 million).Panasonic has also donated 500,000 batteries, 10,000 radios, 10,000 torchlights and 4000 Sanyo solar LED lanterns and while Sony has donated 30,000 portable radios.Panasonic and its Workers Unions Association will also launch a fund-raising campaign involving employees of the Panasonic Group companies to support the affected area.