The Shimano component factory in Malaysia has not yet restarted its production following a forced closure. The factory had to shut down completely last week after the Malaysian government issued a total lockdown from June 1 to June 14 considering the situation of COVID-19 in the country. Further delays in the supply chain are now expected.
On 15th June when the shut down had been scheduled to end Shimano send out a statement writing that the production had not restarted.
“The lockdown was extended until June 28. Consequently, we also have to extend our Malaysian factory shut down until June 28,” a company spokesperson said.
Without doubt this production interruption will result in more delays in deliveries on the global e-bike and bicycle market.
“The factory shutdowns have forced us to rethink our supply chain,” said former Shimano’s CEO Yozo Shimano in interview last year after multiple factories in Asia, including Malaysia had to be shut down due to COVID-19. “While much of our products are made entirely at a single plant, production that required cross-regional work was impacted during the pandemic. We want to take this opportunity to revisit our supply chain.”
This article was first published in Bike Europe