Your next Nikon DSLR camera could be made in Laos


Nikon announced the establishment of a new manufacturing facility for DSLR cameras in Laos. The factory will have 800 employees, 10,000 m2 floor space and is scheduled to start operations in October 2013:

Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new factory in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) to reinforce its digital SLR camera manufacturing organization and reduce costs.

Operations are scheduled to commence in October 2013.

Entry-level and mid-class digital SLR cameras, and some interchangeable lenses are manufactured by Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in the Ayutthaya province of Thailand. With the establishment of this new factory in Laos, a part of the production for digital SLR cameras which are completed as final products at Nikon (Thailand) will be done in Laos.

Company Overview:


Nikon Lao Co., Ltd.


KM 28, Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone, Savannakhet Province, Lao P.D.R.


LAK 60,000,000,000 (approx. ¥ 600,000,000)


Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Approximately 99.99%) and other

Representative director

Nobuyuki Muraishi

  • *Part-time service. Also serves as Managing Director of Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Site area

Approximately 12,500 m2

Floor space

Approximately 10,000 m2

No. of employees

Approximately 800 (planned) when operations commence

Start of operations

Scheduled for October 2013

Primary activities

Assembly of digital SLR camera units


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  • dale

    KAHN: We are Laotian. From Laos, stupid! It’s a landlocked country in Southeast Asia. It’s between Vietnam and Thailand, okay? Population 4.7 million.
    HANK: So, are you Chinese or Japanese?

    • Fry

      6,586,266 (July 2012 est.)

      • Aldo

        there is more people here in LA 😛

        • Fry

          the City of Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second most populous in the United States, after New York City, with a population at the 2010 United States Census of 3,792,621.

          You didn’t say “Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana metropolitan statistical area” or “Greater Los Angeles Area region”.

          • Aldo

            and you assumed I didn’t mean LA county… 😉

        • LesM

          Aldo, In english we say “There ARE more people …”. But don’t be embarrassed, we’re used to illiterate Americans.

          • Banned

            Right, because your people from “Geordie Shore” are the benchmark of proper English I’m sure. PS: I’m French and I can write/speak your language as well as you, how well do you speak French? And language names are capitalized in English. Oh and screw you, you arrogant English fuck. Sorry that was French.

            • Neopulse

              That was a really arrogant post. And plus, just because you can write and speak 2 languages doesn’t make you special. Used to live in Lille, France and lived in a school where the students wrote and spoke a minimum of 4 languages and also yeah, Geordie Shore is a disgrace of a show along with many, many others alike.

            • Aldo

              There are other things i rather be technical about in nikon rumors than picking up grammar errors.

          • Aldo

            I’m not.. i actually find it funny as we make fun of the english all the time =]

          • Aldo

            Not at all we joke about the english all the time

        • zoetmb

          No there aren’t. There are 3.8 million people in Los Angeles. But there are more people in the five boroughs that constitute New York City: about 8.3 million.

          But how any of that matters, I can’t imagine.

          • Aldo

            Read the comment below =]

    • Kim

      You should obviously grow a sense og humour over there, anyway…

      • Nawksi

        You should obviously grow a sense of humour, and realize that it was a joke.

        • Kim

          You can start by growing a brain! My comment was quite clearly (for normal people at least) in respons to “dale”s obviously non-humorous statement above.

          • Nawksi

            No shit. He was joking. It was a joke.

            You have no sense of humour, and your best insult is, “You can start by growing a brain.”

            • Banned

              This thread is like a Chinese talking to a Mexican in American English. Entertaining to say the least.

          • jake

            His comment was very funny if you have ever watched “King of the Hill”.

            And BTW my wife is Laotian and she thought it was very funny as well.

            • Kim

              Never seen it! Don’t get that one here in Laos!

        • No longer Pablo Ricasso
          • Arkasai

            I found the real clip if anyone hasn’t seen it. Disregard Pablo’s….it’s been dubbed over and isn’t even the right scene.

            • dale

              i tell you what, i’m sorry if my comment was taken the wrong way. let’s get to talking about important things, like nikon and nikon accessories.

            • desmo

              why this is more entertaining

  • Aldo

    I didn’t even know this country existed

    • cascada

      You are american?

      • Aldo

        Yeah… but i trust my fellow brothas didnt sleep through geography as I.

        • Jose_Mercado


          • Aldo

            extra credit ftw!

      • desmo

        During the Viet Nam war there were members of congress that didn’t know Laos existed or where it was

        • Jorge

          They knew. They just didn’t want to know and be accountable

    • witcher

      Remember my friend, speech is silver, silence is gold.

    • Rosco Tanner

      No need to advertise to the rest of the World that you’re an uneducated idiot.

    • Roxy B

      It’s better sometimes to keep the mouth shut.

      • Aldo

        no way… here we can speak our minds freely =]

  • Cack

    More oil spots coming…?

    • jason

      You pay for a cheap camera, you get cheap quality. You want high quality, pay more money.

      • dan

        i guess $2k must be cheap in ur world. u must be some stuck up rich ass mofu. am i right?

        • Nz Matt

          seriously?? you consider 2k expensive?? i would never consider that expensive for a quality product…..

          • Pablo Ricasso

            NZ Matt…as a New Zealander you pay NZ$3200 for the $US2000 camera, so you still don’t find this expensive? Really?
            Get out of here…you stuck up brat.

            • BraNZ

              What a bozo.

            • desmo

              actually I think Matt’s a Kiwi

        • Jorge

          Here we go with the 1%. Dan: relax. Really. I agree with Jason’s statement btw. 2k is pocket change for me.

      • homer

        that is what the marketing make you to have for granted… let me tell you that is a naive thinking.

      • zoetmb

        There is actually very little relationship between price and quality. Price is more market driven than any other factor. That’s why prices don’t tend to drop when manufacturing moves to low-labor cost countries, even for products for which labor is high percentage of the total manufacturing cost.

  • Benno

    I think this will be a good thing. Employment, income and a relatively stable country – no floods, earthquakes or nuclear fallout. Also, on the selfish side, may increase quality as employees may take greater care in gluing our SLR’s together as they value the opportunity they have been given.

    I think the old ‘made in japan’ label has lost a lot of shine and no longer means supreme quality.
    I don;t think the reduction in costs will flow on to much to us though.. 🙁

    • desmo

      It has never been politically stable,
      but i assume Nikon did their homework on that,
      most big corporations do.

  • DonD

    Would that make it a Laosy Camera.
    Sorry, I couldnt’ resist!

    • Kim

      Hehe, best one I’ve heard this month 😀

    • LaosyNickname

      Let’s hope that Laosy is Great! Cuz Japans having problems man.

    • a4

      not a Laosy joke at all 😀

  • Jose_Mercado

    first product: D800S

    • fred

      That’s also where the DX wides will be made 😉

  • HOmer

    If so, but for us the customers. The price will still keep so expensive since NIkon will want not only to recover their inversion but to have profit at the same time…. and worse, at once.

  • Hope they build the factory in higher ground

  • Kuv

    I sure hope the next DSLR (D400) starts production before October.

    • desmo

      it will in Laos

  • sdancer

    Seeing how the whole thing is going to be in a “Special Economic Zone” (think Shenzhen) literally right across the river from Thailand, this is probably more about tax evasion than anything else.

  • FBY

    I smell a cheaper Nikon DSLR in the works to counter the Canon 100D 🙂 Call it a Nikon D2000?

    • Yes, I think this may happen – currently Nikon has the smallest compact camera with DX sensor, Canon has the smallest DSLR:

    • zoetmb

      If you read the report, it indicates that cameras are not being built in the new plant, just COMPONENTS for cameras for which final assembly will still take place in Thailand.

    • Neopulse

      Smaller than the D3200 that’s well priced with great performance? That’s just ludicrous. Better to stick with what they have so far. The J and V series are quite compact also. Hope Nikon doesn’t invest in such an idea and leave Canon to it’s things and invest on making the D400 well made including lenses. Plain and simple.

  • Just wondering

    And how much do the factory workers get for their labor? Are the working conditions fit for humans? Or are the people kept like slaves like in some Foxconn facilities in China?

    • Jorge

      Doesn’t matter. As long as they have the “boom boom” girls. Wink wink.

  • Gareth O’Neill

    For all of you ignorant (United States of) Americans, I think you should learn more about Laos as everyday people are blown up by bombs you dropped on them 40 years ago. It’s absolutely disgusting

    • youcomenext

      and You’ll Be Next If You Don’t Watch What You Say About Us.

      • Err, you’re not actually helping me trying to help you guys. 🙂

    • First off, let me say I’m not American, though I live right next by up north. Your comment is slightly unwarranted to say the least. I understand how easy it can be to bash on Americans, especially when you see their TV, their sports and their media as much as we (meaning I, not sure where you’re from, sorry) Canadians do, but their differences of opinions and taste are not the result of ignorance. Those type of comments are just generalizations that are based on ignorance.

      There is a reason why the Laos / Cambodia wars are labeled as the “secret wars”. The US Gov’t kept this war under wraps as much as possible. Hard to blame the Americans for not knowing about it… Plus, I’d be surprised if I (or you) walked around town, in our “evolved countries” and asked people about Laos, see if they know it was involved in the Vietnam war campaign…

      I say this, knowing full well over 50% of Americans couldn’t locate Canada on a map, but labeling them as ignorant for this would also be a generalization and an error.

      In the end, I’m not defending the actions of the US Government, or any government involved in war. The use of mines and other anti-personel devices is just plain wrong IMHO. Just defending calling a whole country “ignorant”.

      • Foolishcfo

        Can you direct me to the Nikon Rumors website? It discusses everything Nikon. I appear to have stumbled on the Canadan political rant forum. Speaking of sports, I hope to photograph the Stanley Cup (it’s in LA, hah!) with my D800!

        • You are correct on the NikonRumors point, but to be honest, I don’t think Where is my D400? for the billionth time adds a lot to the forum. All in good fun, I was just a bit taken aback by the generalizations.

          Enjoy your time with Lord Stanley’s cup. Being Canadian I am very biased but it is arguably the best-looking and most prestigious cup of North American Pro Sports. Not the sport, but the cup itself. Takes real man to carry the cup… 🙂

          • Foolishcfo

            Sorry Sylvain, but I am in the “where is my D400 camp” as well. I bought two D800 bodies and will do the same if a D400 succeeds the D300s. I can’t stand the scene mode on the D7100. Cheeeeezzzzzyyyyyy! Do you follow Thom Hogan? He seems convinced there will be a D300s successor as does Nikon – Europe. I think we need to use reverse psychology on Nikon as they seem to ignore our requests instead delivering lots of lousy Coolpix cameras and a mirrorless system that gets less than stellar reviews.

            • Lol. Its OK hoping for a D400, just saying it gets same old same old when it derails every new camera, lens post, guest posts and other equipment post.

              To be honest, Nikon delivered QUITE a lot in the last two years compared to its competitors. Major refresh of their entire FF lineup, updated most primes and came up with their mirrorless system. Not saying the D400 should not have been done, but I sure as heck don’t feel they’ve been taking it lightly.

              Thom has a very good site. Definitely a reference of many things Nikon.

      • zoetmb

        Not that this is a political forum, but I’m going to defend Gareth a bit and I am an American. The fact is that most Americans do stay willfully ignorant about what’s going on in the world, and I would bet that he’s right: that the very vast majority of Americans have no idea that there are buried bombs in Laos after all these decades or that we even had a war there.

        I was a student during the Vietnam war and was heavily involved in anti-war activities. And I’m still a member of Amnesty International and many other such organizations. But even I have to admit that I haven’t given a thought to Laos in years. Cambodia, yes, because there have been museum exhibitions and other studies of the actions of Pol Pot, but not Laos.

        An absurd portion of Americans still think that WMDs were found in Iraq. Most Americans can’t tell you who the Speaker of the House is. Many can’t even name the Vice-President. But ask them who some Khardashian is dating, and they’ll respond in an instant. As people spend more and more time obsessed about trivia on Facebook and Twitter and watching cat videos on YouTube, we’re going to get even dumber.

        • Aldo

          To you most americans are what the media shows you. You are forgetting about those who dont surface for everyone to see because they simply have better things to do. Take me for example… i may not know where laos is on the map… but that doesnt mean i dont have knowledge elsewhere. I was an arrogant student in college in the science field… to me a class that didnt involve solving triple integrals or plural differential equations was lame… maybe i get by in some classes but i spent sleepless nights stuying for those that mattered to me. So who are you likely to know? The kid with the fat calculus book ? Or the captain of the football team? This assumption you make that “most” americans are how you describe,makes you part of the “some ” truly ignorant americans who are nothing but close minded.

      • Gareth O’Neill

        Saying “to all you ignorant (US) Americans” is NOT the same as saying “all (US) Americans are ignorant”. The USA is a big country and I am perfectly aware that there is a big range of people living there. I was not generalising, I was using English in it’s proper form. I notice that my post has been removed. I think that is sad. It would have been nice to have a few less ignorant people, and a few more people knowing what went on in Laos when these cameras are on the shelves in the US.

        • I feel you’re splitting hairs mighty thin but I guess we’ve all got better things to do than to argue grammar here. (especially since English is my second language – some would discredit me for that! Hehe)

          A good day to you.

      • desmo

        your begining to make Canadians look bad

  • samthedog

    First, most Americans can’t name 20 of the 50 states, so don’t expect them to no where Laos is on the globe. Second, they should build the plant in northern Wisconsin. We never have natural disasters.

    • American Moron

      Why is it so accepted to discriminate against Americans? while you may believe that we are all A-holes. The whole world sits and watches Major companies open less than ideal factories over seas to put out products for cheaper labor. They will make more profit yet charge the same if not more for their products. Everyone should check out the documentary, Manufactured landscapes.
      I’d like to say that we all should be considered a-holes together. One big happy consumerist planet full of a-holes. Yes, I am American. I see American morons every time I leave my house. I also without a doubt guarantee that if I walked out the door in any other part of the planet, I would see just as many morons. What elitists don’t realize is that they couldn’t possibly be a moron. That is the downfall of the planet. We are all pretty much morons living on the same planet called Earth.

      • No longer Pablo Ricasso

        I think these people were Americans too…

        • American Moron

          Ok, I’ll give you that….Green Day are American Idiots. But then…I find The Birthday Party an amazing band so what do I know.

      • Aldo

        They are just jelly we get the best nikon prices =]

    • desmo

      just colder than a bitch and Packer tickets are hard to get

  • Frankly, I could care less where the cameras are made so long as Nikon gets
    their Quality Assurance act together. Aside from their lack of accountability
    in both acknowledging and resolving recent quality issues, the whole D800 left-focus and D600 sensor oil issues have tarnished their brand reputation and credibility (and most likely bottom-line revenue).

    • Neopulse

      Those things got fixed within the months easily. Have the D800 with no af issue and the D600 over time gets cleaned easily from that stuff if you do it yourself and after a certain amount of shutters it ceases to do so. They lose points not publicly mentioning it right away. But Nikon isn’t one person, it’s a network of people who have to go through levels in order to actually confirm such a thing. I mean I prefer that issue than a Canon 5DMKII focus issue including those lightleaks on the MKIII which those you’re stuck with.

  • loki989

    I heard they have less dust and oil in Laos, so they’re moving D600 production there.

    • Jorge

      Less dust? Have you seen that place? LOL

      • loki989

        The leaked corporate memo I read said “Well sh*t Makoto, it can’t get any worse! Let’s try it”.

  • cookie

    May be production in Laos is less risky than in Japan, Thailand and China.

  • picture-taker

    I suppose it does not matter where the cameras are made, as long as they achieve the desired quality. And hopefully they will do a better job at keeping oil out of the sensor, as it seems this has been a problem as of late.

    • fred

      There’s no oil in Laos…so Nikon has no excuses , ‘where da oil come from’ with D6oo. 😉

  • BdV

    As we always say here in Laos: better than Hawaii!

    • Jorge

      Cheaper yes. Better — in your wet dreams

  • I found a camera that is Made in Laos already.

    • Is this a Nikon camera?

      • It is a photo that was probably synthesized.
        What I wrote and Laos erase the Japanese character.

  • BT

    It doesn’t matter where it is manufactured as long as Quality Control is adhered to.

    • Jorge

      Yes it does! Just like buying junk made in China. IT does matter as money leaves OUR country (USA for me) and gets banked into someone else’s pocket. Yes it does matter! It’s so tempting as the prices to consumers are so much cheaper — just visit eBay for example. But I really don’t want to support someone else’s economy or lifestyle be it Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, whatever.

  • Jorge

    Well being I spent months over there getting shot at I’ll be Damned if I EVER by something made in that sh*thole of a country. Goodbye Nikon (for me)

    • tobi

      But it was by your effort that probably helped stabilize that country.. enough for nikon to establish a branch there.

  • cgw

    Hoping the Laotian factories are built on higher ground than Nikon’s Thai plants!

    • USAF VET

      Put me in a fighter-bomber. Show me the new pips. And I’ll find all the factories for ya

  • `/1nc3nt

    It’s a subdivision of Nikon Thailand. I am not sure they will make a complete production cycle there. Maybe at first only un-crucial parts production. The rest probably still made in Thailand. I am sure the tag still “made in thailand” then.

  • Mark Johnson

    In other words, Thailand is no longer the super cheap workforce it once was, and the mega corps(in this case Nikon) are now moving on to another location(in this case laos). And in about 10 years, Nikon will close the Thailand plant entirely, and move to Burma next. And 10 years from that, They will close Laos, and move to some new even poorer place. I figure by the time im 60 or 70 All our smart phones, Cameras and gadgets will be made in Liberia and Somalia lol

    • Phonton

      But that’s the whole point!!! This way poorer countries get richer. It’s actually a good thing, even though it’s based on exploitation at first. Europe and USA weren’t always this rich. In fact, less than 100 years ago we were all poor as hell.

    • cloudbluegrass

      Mega corps are wating for North Korea being liberated, say hello to really cheap workers and you gain a new market for McBuns and MePhones.

  • chubbs

    The comments on this story got waaaaay too political.

  • Jorge

    Well my previous two comments were deleted by Admin. And I do apologize to Admin for the language. So, I will try again:
    Being that I was over in that “wonderful” country during a very impressionable part of my youth serving in the USAF I will not, ever, ever buy a camera made over there. Period. If you handed it to me as a gift, I would give it back or throw it away. I wouldn’t even attempt to sell it as the money would be tainted with the blood, sweat and tears of many fellow airmen. I hope you allow this to be posted. I did so much temper my comments I’m about to gag here. Thank you.

    • I delete all offending comments, otherwise this place will turn into a zoo. I have no problems with your last comment.

      • Jorge

        Appreciate it!


    I am proud to be married to a man from Laos they are a wonderful hard working people 🙂 I have 4 children and in my house no joke is off limits let me tell you we throw them all out there daily lol

  • ashusood

    Rumors is different thing but if you would really like to buy the nikon slr camera you should go through

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