Components for greater than 10,000 bikes have been stolen in a dramatic, focused theft in Germany.
The Shimano e-bike elements have been en-route from a distribution hub to a facility owned by Czech producer, Bike Enjoyable Worldwide. In response to a press release from Bike Enjoyable Worldwide, the heist occurred on January 21 at a freeway relaxation cease in Germany, the place the driving force of the truck was taking a break.
“In all probability, the truck had been adopted from the time it was loaded, the thieves waited for the driving force to take a relaxation break, after which the perpetrators put him to sleep with the gasoline let into the cab,” the Bike Enjoyable Worldwide assertion reads. “Lastly, they disguised the proof within the cargo space with a hearth extinguisher to forestall the seizure of the hint … The incident was carried out by a well-organized group who, by all indications, should have deliberate the entire thing nicely.”
The truck was emptied, except 9 undesirable packing containers of low-end elements. In response to Bike Enjoyable Worldwide’s provide chain director Petr Krkoska, “This may delay the manufacturing of some fashions by virtually a yr, as there is no such thing as a various available on the market for lots of the elements from this cargo.”
“We’re a powerful and steady firm, so that is simply one other impediment out of many we face within the final years,” Krkoska added. “However would this occur to smaller producers, it will be liquidating for them.
“Even Shimano has not been confronted with a focused theft of a cargo on an identical scale,” Krkoska mentioned. “We hope that because of the scarcity of elements, these circumstances is not going to be repeated, as a result of regardless of all of the measures we’ve arrange, no insurance coverage cowl can compensate us for the loss and particularly the popularity for late supply.”
Bike Enjoyable Worldwide is the most important producer of bikes in Czechia, with manufacturers together with Rock Machine, Superior, and Frappé Cycles. The corporate builds and paints greater than 150,000 bikes yearly, though there may be now prone to be a dent in that quantity this yr.