Fire Does Not Affect Bianchi Production
TREVIGLIO, Italy - Bike manufacturer Bianchi has been struck by a serious fire in one of its warehouses based in Telgate, Bergamo recently. Some 15,000 bikes were destroyed by the fire. Bianchi points out that the warehouse is based at another location than the factory in Tregilio.
“Our first action was to contact all of our customers and supplier/partners to inform them of the situation”, says Bob Ippolito, CEO of Bianchi. “Since our component inventory was not affected and we are continuing with production, we immediately set up a temporary warehouse to enable us to deliver bicycles to our customers in time before Christmas.”
“It is incredible how much support we have been receiving from both our suppliers and customers to work with us to reschedule supply and also delivery to customers”, continues Bob Ippolito. “From the first day on customers and suppliers offer their support. For example, within 3 hours of the news, Campagnolo contacted us with specific availability of components we could receive immediately.”
“With this cooperation and support, we are expecting to begin our recovery as early as January and February. Our supply and customer service teams are now in daily contact with all suppliers and customers to re-order and reschedule shipment of critical components and our customers are supporting us to allow us to delay delivery.”
Salvatore Grimaldi, owner of Bianchi S.p.a, extends its support to the Bianchi team which is committed to prepare and implement the recovery plan. “Fortunately we had no personal injuries and there is no effect to the historic Bianchi factory. We kindly ask our dealers to have patience and give Bianchi their support as we are preparing and implementing our recovery plan.”
Photo: L'Eco Di Bergamo