Shutdowns manufacturing plants in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and motorcycle shipments, due to supply chain problems. Instead, the assembly of LiveWire continues
May 20, 2022
H.arley-Davidson announced yesterday, Thursday 19 May, that will suspend production and shipping for two weeks of all the models in charge of the factories of Menomonee FallsWisconsin, ea YorkPennsylvania.
According to the brief note released, the Milwaukee company has cautiously decided this suspension – which does not concern the lines dedicated to LiveWire -, based on information received from a third party provider Tuesday 17 May which signaled a compliance issue linked to the production of a component.
F.The developer and interested party are not mentioned, but it is evidently a component mounted on multiple models and of a certain importance, which however does not equip the LiveWire electric series whose assembly continues without interruptions.
Local broadcaster Fox43 in York, hearing HD officials, reported that the temporary shutdown of the plants it could last for a period not foreseeable at the moment.
THEThe stock market reacted by dropping 10% of the American brand’s stock, bringing it to the lowest level of the last year.
It is not the first time that Harley-Davidson was forced to temporarily suspend production in the United States, had happened in 2020 but in that case the reason was the pandemic COVID-19.
It is precisely from the global pandemic situation that the known difficulties have arisen shipments and then in the supply of parts such as i microchip used for the most disparate electronic components mounted on cars and, to a lesser extent but still influential, on motorcycles.
P.Responding to the financial results for the first quarter of this year, on April 27, HD CEO Jochen Zeitz had highlighted how the impact caused by the shortage of microchips it caused production delays and therefore affected sales and operating results.
Globally, first quarter sales increased by 2%, but in North America – which accounts for almost 70% of the total – there was a 5% decline.
Zeitz had always observed on that occasion how “The supply challenges will continue to disrupt the trend of the sector”.