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Shimano bike components targeted in £7 million heist

Joe Robinson
9 Feb 2022

Organised criminals steal Shimano components for 10,000 bicycles in Germany

Bicycle groupset giant Shimano has been the victim of a targeted heist with components for 10,000 bicycles stolen.

The robbery took place on 21st January when Czech bike producer Bike Fun International was targeted at a motorway service station in Germany by a criminal gang who used sleeping gas on the unsuspecting driver before stealing the goods. 

The stolen cargo included 10,000 Shimano e-bike parts. with just nine boxes of low-end parts left behind.

Two weeks on from the incident and the criminals have yet to have been caught however BFI believes 'in all likelihood the truck had been followed from the time it was loaded'.

BFI supply chain director Petr Krkoska released a statement on the incident, saying, 'We haven't seen this situation before. Even Shimano has not faced a targeted robbery of a shipment on a similar scale. We hope due to the shortage of parts these cases will not be repeated. Despite all the measures we have set up, no insurance can compensate us for the loss. Especially the reputation for late delivery.

'We decided to communicate this matter to warn other producers, because it could happen to them also. The situation for bicycle producers worldwide is really difficult. We are dealing with huge demand, but there is an even bigger shortage of components.

'This will delay production of some models by almost a year as there is no alternative on the market for many of the parts from this shipment. We are a strong and stable company, so this is just another obstacle out of many we are facing, but if this happened to smaller manufacturers, it would be liquidating.'

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