The pandemic in progress has had, and is still producing, unwelcome events also on the supply of motorcycles and motorcycle parts with chain effects also caused by external events not directly related to the health emergency, such as the temporary blockade of the Suez Canal and the unavailability of containers.
Kawasaki released a statement, which we report below, where the CEO of Kawasaki Motors Europe, Kenji Nagahara explains the origins of the “perfect storm” related to the increased demand for two-wheelers during the pandemic and shortages of materials and components.
“A number of factors are currently affecting our factories in terms of supplying parts and materials. Like many other motorcycle manufacturers, we have been hit by the severe shortage of semiconductors which are a vital component of many motorcycles in our range and are an integral part of basic systems such as ABS braking.
The sudden huge additional demand over the past twelve months for laptops and other semiconductor-based goods has certainly been a factor, but some of the major suppliers have also had serious problems at their manufacturing facilities. In addition to this, the disruption, due to totally unforeseen circumstances such as the recent blockade of the Suez Canal and its consequent impact on global transport and container availability, has given rise to what we can call a “perfect storm”.
“Compounding the semiconductor problem, there is also the global shortage of specific resins necessary for the production of some components which is affecting production,” explains Nagahara.
“This triple blow to production is a real challenge. We cannot simply exchange one resin for another as all the materials used in the production are tested and approved according to EU law and approved. This is an aspect on which the factory is carefully evaluating and we hope to solve the problems we are facing as soon as possible. These vicissitudes are not exclusive to Kawasaki. Most of the manufacturers using these semiconductors and resins, coupled with the continuing disruption of global shipping and container handling due to the closure of the Suez Canal, have complicated and equally affected importers and exporters. It is in Kawasaki’s interest to find a quick answer to the problem. “
In closing, Nagahara was pragmatic about the current situation and emphasized Kawasaki’s intention to minimize any impact.
“Many Kawasaki dealerships were opened during the pandemic while keeping their staff intact. Now, as the situation and regulations change, many Kawasaki dealers across Europe are opening their doors to customers eager to enjoy their bikes. Reseller stocks are monitored daily and we are supplying inventory from our European warehouse. Our goal is to maintain product supply as much as possible by mitigating any production shortages or problems within our capabilities. We thank customers and resellers in advance for their patience and promise that we will do everything possible to meet this challenge ”.
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