New Nikon factory in Laos to open in October

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Nikon asslmblyA new factory of Japan’s high-end camera maker Nikon will commence operations in October, the company announced.

The DSLR camera manufacturing site will conduct a part of the production process for the company’s entry- and mid-level DSLRs, with final assembly still taking part in the existing Ayutthaya plant in Thailand where all production was halted for several months following a devastating flood in October 2011.

The investment into the new facility is around $6.3 million. The reason for the move has been explained by Nikon “to reinforce its digital SLR camera manufacturing organisation and reduce costs.”

The new site will be located in the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone in Savannakhet in southern Laos on 12,500 square meters and be run by the new company Nikon Lao Co., Ltd., owned by Nikon Thailand Co., Ltd. Around 800 people will be employed, Nikon said.

The Lao Labour Law stipulates that at least 70 per cent of the total labour force must comprise local hires, while up to 30 percent can be foreigners. Of this 30 per cent, not more than 10 per cent should be labourers, while up to 20 per cent may be foreign technical staff.

However, many investment projects, including some in Savannakhet, have hired overseas workers in excess of the number permitted. One of the reasons for this is the shortage of suitable local manpower, especially skilled workers.

Observers cautioned that the planned recruitment by the Nikon Corporation factory is another test for the government in terms of whether they can properly prepare the workforce and maximise job opportunities for local people.

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A new factory of Japan’s high-end camera maker Nikon will commence operations in October, the company announced.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Nikon asslmblyA new factory of Japan’s high-end camera maker Nikon will commence operations in October, the company announced.

The DSLR camera manufacturing site will conduct a part of the production process for the company’s entry- and mid-level DSLRs, with final assembly still taking part in the existing Ayutthaya plant in Thailand where all production was halted for several months following a devastating flood in October 2011.

The investment into the new facility is around $6.3 million. The reason for the move has been explained by Nikon “to reinforce its digital SLR camera manufacturing organisation and reduce costs.”

The new site will be located in the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone in Savannakhet in southern Laos on 12,500 square meters and be run by the new company Nikon Lao Co., Ltd., owned by Nikon Thailand Co., Ltd. Around 800 people will be employed, Nikon said.

The Lao Labour Law stipulates that at least 70 per cent of the total labour force must comprise local hires, while up to 30 percent can be foreigners. Of this 30 per cent, not more than 10 per cent should be labourers, while up to 20 per cent may be foreign technical staff.

However, many investment projects, including some in Savannakhet, have hired overseas workers in excess of the number permitted. One of the reasons for this is the shortage of suitable local manpower, especially skilled workers.

Observers cautioned that the planned recruitment by the Nikon Corporation factory is another test for the government in terms of whether they can properly prepare the workforce and maximise job opportunities for local people.

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