40% of Tamron’s Japanese Factory Workers in Aomori Asked to Take Early Retirement

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The cutbacks in the camera industry continue to roll in as the year gradually ends with Tamron announcing voluntary retirement offers going out to some 40% of its Japanese factory workforce.

Photo by 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III from Tamron Japan.

According to Nikkei, 200 employees in Aomori prefecture were asked to accept a voluntary retirement. Tamron will provide packages to those that accept early retirement as well as some kind of assistance to people who want to seek employment in something else, PetaPixel reports.

Tamron is reporting that 2020 is going to be quite a dismal year for it in terms of sales with a 58% drop being blamed partially on COVID-19. Employees have between November 10 and 20 to accept the voluntary layoff offer that Tamron has on the table.

“We will improve our competitiveness by optimizing the personnel composition,” Tamron said of the voluntary cutbacks.

As we have reported, Tamron is far from the only company experiencing difficulties this year. Nikon is having a hard time as is Canon. Sony spun off its camera division earlier this year and that seems like quite a prescient move in hindsight. And Olympus has dropped out entirely after going back and forth in the press with rumors about the company getting out of the camera business.

But the dismal sales haven’t stopped companies from rolling out new products, either. We have reported on some of those that you can catch up on if you like.

What do you think of this report that Tamron might ask 40% of its Japanese factory workers to take early retirement? Let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section below if you like.

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[PetaPixel]

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