Back in January of 2010 Nikon made a major investment in Notion Vtec (Nikon acquired 10% of the company).
Notion Vtec produces the following SLR components (from their website):
- Camera barrel is a component used for changing the focal length of the lens which is part of the zoom
- Lens mounting ring is where the lens can be mounted on to camera body
- An assortment of inner cam barrel for the camera lens as well as internal camera parts
Nikon plant in Sendai was closed a week ago after a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the area. The factory in Sendai produced the high end Nikon DSLR cameras like the D700 and D3s.