Nikon’s Thailand factory was devastated in 2011 when floods reached Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya. The plant produces the bulk of its DSLR cameras, including the D3100, D5100, D7000 and D300s models and would be the most likely candidate for the Nikon D400. Rising water put the entire ground floor of the facility under water and destroyed its components and assembly equipment, amounting to losses of over 10 billion Yen.
Last month the facility started to resume limited production. Nikon representative Tetsuya Morimoto has said that by the end of March it should be operating at full capacity.
As production resumes there is a worldwide shortage of Nikon DSLR cameras. Many dealers and customers have been waiting for months to receive their D7000 orders. It is not known where the D400 will be produced, but the situation in Thailand will undoubtedly delay the new camera’s production and announcement until Nikon can get its production back on track.