PENTAX recently opened its camera service center for DSLR cameras at its premises at the Mactan Export Processing Zone (Mepz).
Pentax is the only company that makes cameras here in the Philippines. It has been in Mepz since 1991 and has made, through the years, 20 million cameras distributed worldwide, from analog to digital.
With the service center, Pentax president Yutaka Konuma said it is now possible to have Pentax cameras repaired “where they were made.”
Among the cameras made in Cebu are the Pentax Q, “the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera;” the K-30, which is a weather resistant camera; and the Pentax 645D, which is fully weather-sealed with 40 megapixels, costing almost P600,000.
Konuma noted that it has been possible to make these cameras in Cebu because of the highly skilled Cebuano employees of the company.
The company was established as Asahi Optical Phil. Corp. in 1991. It is now officially known as Pentax Ricoh Imaging Products Philippine Corp. and has more than a thousand employees. (PR)