NUNSPEET, The Netherlands – Shimano is increasing its production capacity as the parts maker expects demand for medium level MTB components for the Chinese market to stay at a high level. It will not mean that the extra production is immediately available and that it will end the current delivery problems of the world’s biggest parts maker.
Shimano Europe’s managing director Frank Peiffer (photo) said at last week’s Taipei International Cycle Show that the current delivery problems are unlike the ones the Japan based component maker endured about four years ago. “Contrary to then, there’s no bubble in the market. There’s a genuine unexpected high demand from in particular China. And we expect that this demand will stay on a high level in the next years. To meet that high demand we are adding production capacity.”
Acera, Alivio and Nexus-7
On February 28 Bike Europe reported that in particular entry to mid level mountainbike components (Acera and Alivio groupsets) as well as Nexus 7-internal hub gear sets are affected by shipment delays. Some bike makers have been faced with announcements by Shimano that delivery of such components will take place in week 22 to 23 instead of the earlier by Shimano forecasted week 6 to 8. There are also some reports on delays of other components such as for example chainrings and hubs.
No immediate solution
According to Peiffer Shimano will start the work for expanding its production capacity for the named components in the second half of this year. The Shimano Europe MD explained that the extra capacity will not be there immediately and that it will take some time to adjust the production levels to the current demand.