Massive floods in Thailand have submerged many industrial sites, including the Bangkadi Industrial Estate, which is home to Sony and Toshiba. Thailand produces 40 percent of global hard drive supplies, second only to China, and digital camera manufacturers are also looking at production bottlenecks until the factories can be rehabilitated over at least the next three months.
The Sony plant is of special concern to those waiting for a replacement for the Nikon D700 digital SLR. The D800 announcement was expected on October 26 according to Nikon Rumors but it looks as if production is delayed due to the disaster. It's not entirely clear if the 36 megapixel image sensor for the D800 is manufactured by Sony, but Nikon probably needs other components produced in Thailand for assembly of the camera in Japan.