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Shimano: No Rise in Lead Times


NUNSPEET, the Netherlands – In yesterday’s Bike Europe newsletter with the headline: ’Low Forecast Orders at Eurobike Pains Parts Makers’, it was reported that Shimano’s lead times are on the rise again. According to Shimano that’s not correct. Bike Europe’s report reflected the situation in the Benelux market. However, on a worldwide level Shimano expects to return to its regular 60 days lead time by the end of the year.

Shimano: No Rise in Lead Times

Shimano Europe MD Frank Peiffer stated on the current situation at the world’s biggest bike component maker: “Worldwide our order intake is stable after an increase from Asian countries last year and early this year. The higher than planned demand for mid level components burdened our factories in Malaysia and Singapore. We handled this by stepping up production efficiency in those facilities.”

Stepped up production
“Other factories have been or are adapted too,” furthers Peiffer. “Like the ones in Japan where we are also adding production lines. This stepped up production in combination with a stable order intake on a worldwide level, will bring a return to our regular 60 days lead time by the end of this year.”

Critical items
“However, there are a few critical items for which we can not achieve the 60 days lead time yet,” continued the Shimano Europe MD. “For example low end disc brakes, or the old type BB cartridge. But also for such parts we expect that by February, March everything will be back to the regular 60 days.”

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