Thursday, January 29, 2015

Campagnolo Lays Off 68 Italian Employees; Workers Strike

Campagnolo's efforts to reduce costs by shifting work to cheaper workers in Romania and elsewhere now includes laying off 68 manufacturing workers at the company's flagship facility in Vicenza. Workers there are not happy at all.

Read this report from Bike Europe.

According to Bike Europe's report, Campagnolo management says that high-end components will still be made in Vicenza, and that the move is part of their effort to remain competitive with other companies (ShimaNO?) that make components in parts of the world with much lower labor costs.

Does it matter to you where your Campagnolo parts are made? Would you care if, in some future year, Campagnolo left Italy for cheaper shores? Let us know in the comments below.

3 comments:

  1. Lol, campy is dead. Bring back Ergopower shifters and square taper cranks!

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  2. A big part of what makes Campagnolo so desirable in my mind is the thought that the ingenuity and master craftsman ship of ages past are carried through to the present day by skilled Italian craftsman. I do not believe there is a way to maintain that while at the same time moving to cheaper labor. I will only buy NOS or used parts and components otherwise.

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  3. We agree with the strikers! Made-in-Romania might be just fine, but don't expect folks to pay a lot for it. Would you buy a Ferrari made somewhere other than in Italy?

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