Update on the Springmill Depot preorder of N&W Caboose
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Mon Jul 30 16:58:38 EDT 2018
That is not accurate. The closing of the plant for Affatech does not cover every model manufacturer in our hobby. ScaleTrains, Athearn and Rapido are not effected by this closure, and neither is Bachmann. Most of Atlas's locomotives and all of their freight cars are effected by this, but their track is not.
In addition to Bowser, Intermountain, Fox Valley Models, Walthers, Tangent and Exactrail are also supposedly effected, with none of them other than Bowser making any full and formal statements at this point. Yes it is disappointing that the plant has closed, but "KK" has decided to retire and his kids don't want the business.
A couple of years back Athearn went through a similar situation and was down for 6 or 8 months, but was able to get back up and running, so while it is disappointing, the hobby as we know it, isn't going under.
If anything it gives some folks a chance to let their wallets recollect their breath.
Happy Connecting. Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 5
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From: NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org>
Date: 7/30/18 13:30 (GMT-05:00)
To: NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org>
Subject: RE: Update on the Springmill Depot preorder of N&W Caboose
There is ONE volume manufacturer of model trains in the world now. They are used by ALL of the brands.
Bowser had an announcement this morning, that their supplier is closing the factory:
"Bowser has been informed that our supplier has closed the factory. We are working to find other suppliers but it is a long process. All delivery dates are TBA. Any new information will be posted on our web site. Thank you for all the support of our products."
This is further not good news for us.
The problem that we run into is that the volume for model trains is very low and changing, making it not very desirable from the perspective of a factory owner. A plastic injection molding machine is expensive, and the owner wants it running 24 hours per day making parts, they do not want it down for tool changes. A good mold for plastic injection will last 1 million shots. A mold for small plastic part like an HO scale locomotive shell will run at 3 to 4 shots per minute; over 5000 piece per day. The factory owner would like to leave the mold in the machine for ~200 days until it wears out. No model train brand can move that sort of volume of one model. There are many other products that the factory owner can run that do take these and higher volumes, so the business case for model trains is not good.
Trying to get another factory interested is very difficult.
> On July 27, 2018 at 8:18 AM NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> Most of this dialog has focused on China and its problems with
> supporting manufacturing, what is the state of the art with the
> companies in Korea? Are there no Korean "non-brass" model companies of
> equal or better quality and availability?
> Eric Raitch
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