COVID-19 pandemic takes a toll on Jawa and Forty Two deliveries
Classic Legends Private Limited, makers of the Jawa motorcycles – Jawa and Forty Two, has announced that deliveries of the bikes will be delayed, due to production constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire world is seeing a crippling effect on parts production and supply chain logistics, especially in the case of automobile manufacturers. Besides delayed deliveries of the Jawa and Forty Two, Classic Legends has also stated that deliveries of the Jawa Perak, their Bobber-style motorcycle, will not commence on April 2, as announced at the time of launch.
Classic Legends say that, owing to the huge demand for the Jawa and Forty Two, the company anyways had very little parts inventory in stock. Now, with the Coronavirus outbreak and consequent lockdown of factories in India as well as China, production at its Pithampur plant has taken a big hit.
The company imports parts such as the Nikasil coatings and LCD panel for the instrument cluster from Chinese vendors. Local components manufacturers have also shut factories, as India has moved to a complete lockdown stage to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.
These measures are critical at this point of time, but there's hope ahead. Classic Legends has announced that – following the effective measures in curtailing the spread of the virus in China, with no new cases being reported – Chinese component manufacturers have begun releasing production schedules.
Classic Legends also states that it expects to increase production to 10,000 motorcycles per month, once production and distribution normalises in India. Following this, the company intends to reduce the waiting times for its motorcycles.
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