More European motorcycle manufacturers have opted to halt production as Europe has just been named the new epicenter of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Following the shuttering of factories of Italian motorcycle manufacturers like Ducati, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta, Moto Morini, based in Trivolzio, have also made the decision to close the factory gates.
“We have consciously made the decision to temporarily close our company, we believe that the safety of all the people who work with us and the whole community has a value bigger,” said Moto Morini management in a statement.
Pierer Mobility Group
Meanwhile, over in Austria, the Pierer Mobility Group, parent company of KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas has also come to a similar decision.
KTM’s main facility in Mattighofen, Austria, which manufactures both KTM and Husqvaran motorcycles has been closed. Its sister company, GasGas, which manufactures in Girona, Spain will also close.
“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,” the group said in a statement.
KTM is anticipating a possible interruption in the supply chain from northern Italy, where many of its suppliers are located, which is also seriously affected by the Coronavirus.
The group will grant their staff a ‘two-week company vacation’, running from the 30th March to 10th April.
The KTM reassures the public that its worldwide distribution and the supply of spare parts will not be affected by these measures. “The availability of all models is guaranteed for the upcoming start of the season in the worldwide dealer network,” it reassured.