Coronavirus could cause bike delays — even for brands that don’t make bikes in China

By Steve Frothingham

Major bike maker warns that ‘anti-Chinese sentiment’ in Vietnam could cause delays there and in Cambodia.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — The CEO of A&J Bicycles — one of the world’s largest original equipment bike makers, with factories in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia — is warning customers of possible shipment delays due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China. He said the situation in China could lead directly to delays in production even at A&J factories in other nations.

A&J has supplied brands including Trek, Bianchi, Scott, Felt, Rocky Mountain, Norco, and Kona in the past. BRAIN reported last year that Trek was moving some production from Giant to A&J’s factory in Cambodia because of U.S. and European tariffs on Chinese imports.

“(In Vietnam) there is some anti-Chinese sentiment building, because of the potential of Chinese workers on site carrying CV (coronavirus),” Jon Edwards, the CEO of A&J Group, said in an email to customers late this week.

“We have heard today that some Vietnamese factories staff have initiated ‘2 week’ strikes to effectively close factories where China staff are situated, to ensure there is no CV being spread to the local workers. We are concerned that this could spread in …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News