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Canon builds new image sensor plant in Japan

Posted: 17 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CMOS image sensor? digital camera? CCD image sensor? Japan plant?

Canon Inc. will invest about $451 million to set up new factory in Japan to double its production capacity of image sensors used in digital cameras, according to a Reuters report.

A Canon spokesman disclosed it broke ground in May on a new building on an existing site in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The new facility is expected to start operations in July 2008. The company invested about $451 million for the new plant, which will make CMOS image sensors.

According to the spokesman, the new factory will roughly have the same annual production capacity as its other factory in Kanagawa, which produces 3 million chips a year.

The chips will be used in both single lens reflex models and some compact models. Canon has also used CCD image sensors for its compact models, which it procured from other suppliers. However, as part of its strategy of bringing key component production in-house to lower costs, it has since been developing CMOS sensors for compact models instead.

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