March 1, 2020

blogger - Coronavirus Impact

Early 2020 Coronavirus is taking the World into an unexpected storm, and this is having its implications in the World, which every year sort of becomes smaller due to our ever faster and always easy to use transport system.  This outbreak which started in Wuhan, Hubei province in China late December 2019, has quickly spread World wide, and as I am writing this we have two curfew towns in Italy in the Lombardy and Veneto region.  
The economic implications of Coronavirus are also being directly felt in the yachting World, and so far we had the Singapore boat show schedule in early March postponed for October.  The Miami and Dusseldorf  boat shows, two of the most important shows in a calendar year went out as planned.  The Venice boat show, which started in 2019 and received a lot of positive feedback seems to be going as planned.
The above are the direct implications, as at today yacht production in China is fairly small, although  the parts catalog might do a lot of bits and peaces more then one thinks.  Yacht production is fairly cottage production, and a successful boat usually sells over one hundred units, and is also a fairly labor intensive and custom process, even if some boats might end up looking the same. 
Off course beside all the above then there is the third party economic implication, how much will the Coronavirus economic crunch cost. 2020 was already forecast to be a slow year in economic growth terms, some also calling it the beginning of a recession especially for the European economy.  Coronavirus might prove the bears right after all.

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