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Canon USA first round of layoffs, Olympus to follow soon
  • Canon USA laid off 60 employees from the camera division shortly after WPPI this month.

    Company “is constantly reviewing business needs and organizational structures to help ensure that we are best positioned for future growth and development. At this time, we are confident that with our new organizational structure, we are well positioned for future growth and success.”

    Canon management want to cut more but they are limited with local state and county agreements on minimal workforce count (to get nice bonuses and pay less taxes, as usual).

    Closer to the end of 2019 we can see real bloodbath in the industry with Japanese head offices making adjustments at all leading countries.

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  • Most of the layoffs from a few weeks ago affected people in the company’s camera division, people with years of photographic know-how and knowledge of both EOS still and cinema cameras. The service center in Jamesburg, New Jersey provided quick service and easy access to repairs for a lot of photographers in the New York City area. Having to ship a camera for service where a customer could drive it before means longer wait times and generally worse service.