Nikon’s ‘longest known distributor’ shuts shop

Nikon Australia has appointed Lacklands LP in place of the Macalister Group for promotion, sales and distribution of Nikon Imaging Products within New Zealand.

Nikon (1)The change is effective immediately. The short press release announcing the appointment of Lacklands refers to the restoration of ‘efficient distribution throughout New Zealand’, but makes no reference to Nikon Australia’s long-standing relationship with Macalister.

The Macalister Group is winding down all trading and distribution activities, according to an email to its photo retailer customers. Macalister communicated to NZ retailers recently with a series of instructions supporting the winding down of its Nikon distributorship. It closed down warehouse dispatch on September 30 and stopped accepting repairs on October 1.

At time of writing (Monday October 6) the Lacklands website has no reference to its appointment as Nikon distributor, while the Macalister website still stated that the 80-year-old company is ‘the longest known distributor of the Nikon brand in international history’ (appointed in 1958).

logo2Lacklands is distributor for a large range of photographic brands including Tamron, Leica, Manfrotto and Lowepro. The Macalister Group distributes a smaller portfolio of brands, with Nikon as the ‘jewel in the crown’.

Servicing arrangements
Professional photographers and consumers in New Zealand should contact Lacklands with servicing and repair enquiries.

Servicing will continue to be carried out in New Zealand, but in the transition period repairs will be sent to Australia where they will be given priority status. James Murray, Nikon Australia general manager, Sales and Marketing, said he anticipated servicing would begin again in New Zealand in ‘less than three weeks’.

Text of the Nikon Australia press release follows:

Nikon announces New Zealand distribution partnership with Lacklands LP

SYDNEY – Nikon is delighted to announce a new partnership responsible for the promotion, sales and distribution of Nikon Imaging Products within New Zealand.

Lacklands LP has been appointed as Nikon Distributor by Nikon Australia, and staff shall commence support of Nikon Imaging and Sports Optic products effective immediately in order to restore efficient distribution throughout New Zealand.

James Murray, General Manager Sales and Marketing Nikon Australia, said of the new partnership. “Lacklands has a proven track record not just distributing leading brands, but building those brands with fresh ideas and executing results through their retail partnerships”

“Nikon Australia is delighted to be working with Lacklands to introduce a new chapter and approach for Nikon and expand our availability in the country. We look forward to working with their team to drive Nikon as a market leader and positively influence the overall New Zealand imaging business from here on,” added Murray.

2 thoughts on “Nikon’s ‘longest known distributor’ shuts shop

  1. i am a nikon camera service technician…
    i believe new distributor will provide same level of service support also to the professional.
    subhasish das

  2. It is wake-up time and the majors are just not carrying the personnel that they need, as it’s easier to shut shop and take the land value of their holdings.
    The factories are finding that they can deal with a few less people hence giving a better bottom line.
    It does not matter in what industry: cars, welding gear, paint shops, camera repair and to a great extent the on-line store is decimating the bricks and mortar retailers and wholesalers alike.
    Future generations will need to find other avenues to merchandise and generate a turnover to give a living.
    Look at our history, with one great merchant after another gone.
    McPherson, Briggs and Straton, Maclean brothers and Rigg, the various steel merchants, Schuldstat, Holden cars, Leyland, Bronica, the list is endless across every style of merchandise.
    Our passion survives about 35 to 50 years, then extinguishes.
    Technology changes quickly and as sad as it is film has gone the way of the Do Do bird with the current sensors paling by the day.
    The glorious steam and petrol powered machines, long finished, as are the fascinating engineering machines, the magnificent mechanical/optical devices and cameras {God, I loved my Leica} now defunct, My Colchester Lathe from England and the American Bridgeport Mill with guillotine and folding machines from Australia all defunct as methods change and so do products which require different methods to make.
    My highly esteemed Rolex Watch replaced with a chip for a few cents and the coveted Motor vehicles all diminished by new things
    Ron Frank

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