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COVID-19 | KTM, Husqvarna & GasGas Pause Production

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The COVID-19 situation continues to have a direct impact on the motocross industry. Pierer Mobility Group, the parent company to KTM/Husqvarna/GasGas, announced that all motorcycle production at the Austria facility will be put on pause for two weeks, a precautionary measure due to a likely interruption in the supply chain for necessary components with vendors in northern Italy. The break will take place between March 30 to April 10 and is being classified as a “vacation” in the company’s statement.

It’s important to note that the pause is happening only at the company’s Austria production facility.

“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,” reads the statement. “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.”

There is some hope in the statement, though, as worldwide distribution and the supply of spare parts are currently not impacted at this time and “availability of all models is guaranteed for the upcoming start of the season in the worldwide dealer network.” This means you should still be able to get parts for your orange or white bike from your preferred source.

The statement from Pierer Mobility Group is posted in full below.

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 canceled.

About the Group
The PIERER Mobility Group is Europe’s leading manufacturer of “powered two-wheelers” (PTW). With its globally known motorcycle brands KTM, HUSQVARNA and GASGAS, it is one of the European technology and market leaders, especially for premium motorcycles. All drive technologies – from combustion engines to electric motors – are produced in series and are used. As a pioneer in electromobility for two-wheelers in the low-voltage range (48 volts) the group and its strategic partner Bajaj have the prerequisites to assume a leading global role. Thanks to our innovative strength, we see ourselves as the technology leader in the two-wheeler sector in Europe. The strategic partnership with Bajaj, India’s second largest motorcycle manufacturer, strengthens competitiveness in global markets.

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Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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