Like other companies, Tamron also seems to be struggling with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The company has recently confirmed that its two major companies will remain closed throughout 2020. According to a press release, the reason for this decision is “decreased worldwide demand.”
Hirosaki and Namioka factories, both in Japan’s Aomori prefecture, have been out of operation since May. They were supposed to be reopened on 1 October, but Tamron said that they’ll remain closed until 31 December 2020. According to the company, both these factories play a key in the lens development process. The Namioka factory processes lens elements, whereas the Hirosaki plant deals with metal processing, assembly, and repairs.
In the press release (Google-translated), Tamron cites “the decrease in worldwide demand due to the worldwide spread of the [novel] coronavirus.” The company adds that “the global market has not yet recovered,” so they will keep the factories closed until the very end of this year. “Although the business will continue during this period, we may cause inconvenience to our business partners, but we appreciate your understanding,” Tamron concludes. I believe that this means we’ll experience some delays in production and shipment of Tamron lenses. Although, this happened even before the pandemic – twice.