Production of new KTM, Husqvarna and Gas-Gas bikes will stop for two weeks due to disruptions to the supply chain of parts, mainly from Northern Italy, due to the Coronavirus.
The owners of the factory in Mattighofen is the Pierer Group, which has announced a blanket ‘company holiday’ from March 30-April 10, but says it won’t affect worldwide distribution of bikes.
The factory is currently gearing up for production of 2021 models which are usually unveiled and on sale in May most years. The official statement says:
Pierer Mobility Group reacts to the current exceptional situation. From March 30, Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer in Mattighofen will respond to the current situation with an interruption in operation and production until April 10.
This measure is triggered by a possible impending interruption in the supply chain from northern Italy. Many suppliers are located in this region, which is badly affected by the Corona virus. With this measure, KTM avoids a possible uncontrolled business interruption and anticipates parts of the company vacation in the summer to stabilize the supply chain in the long term. Not affected by these measurements is the worldwide distribution and the supply of spare parts.
The availability of all models is guaranteed for the upcoming start of the season in the worldwide dealer network.
The current development of the Corona crisis requires a daily reassessment of the situation. The published guidance for the financial year 2020 is thus cancelled.