Camera makers are approaching the DSLR and Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera segment of the markets more aggressively these days.
Major players like Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and now Sony too are churning out new pieces to their product line up every now and then to get an upper hand in the market.
Shutterbugs will be obviously happy. But it seems that the upstream component manufactures will also be more than happy with the aggressiveness.
For example, the recent performance figures revealed by Kinko Optical, one of the major optical lens makers, show that their annual optical shipments figures are showing phenomenal growth.
The figures show that Kinko is making more bucks from orders from Canon. In the first two months of this year, orders from Canon constituted 40 percent of the total revenue generated by Kinko.
Currently, Kinko is supplying optical glass lenses to shutter machines in the G and S series of Canon’s Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras.
To tap more of the aggressiveness of Canon, Kinko is also pushing aggressively to expand its plants and equipment to match Canon’s expansion plans to Taiwan and other destinations.
It is expected that the lens maker will soon start making half of their total revenues from DSLR camera lens shipments.
With an NT$500 million investment on expansion this year, Kinko is expected to have a 2 million jump in its capacity to reach 5 million units, from the present 3 million units by this August.
They are also foraying into plastic lens making and some large shipments to PC vendors are expected to boost the profits of the company in the second half of this year.