The U.S.A. has become Ducati’s largest market, says Gabriele Del Torchio, Ducati Motor Holding president. “We sell more bikes here in the United States now than we do in our domestic market. Only 20 percent of our bikes are sold in Italy, and 80 percent are exported,” Del Torchio said at a Ducati North America […]
6.0-Magnitude Earthquake in Italy May Threaten Ducati Production
Ducati‘s factory in Bologna, Italy, was undamaged in last weekend’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake but production may still be affected by a shortage of parts.
The May 20 earthquake struck the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, about 22 miles north of Bologna. The earthquake claimed seven lives and left thousands homeless. The region continues to be afflicted by aftershocks.
Ducati‘s Borgo Panigale factory was not directly affected by the earthquake but the same cannot be said of some of Ducati’s local parts suppliers. Ducati Chief Executive Officer Gabriele Del Torchio tells Italy’s Corriere di Bologna Ducati is in contact with its suppliers and monitoring the situation.
Key concerns for Ducati are the Scacchetti Foundry which suffered severe structural damage, and TMM di Finale Emilia which produces exhaust systems. The Scacchetti Foundry also produces material for Ferrari but the automaker has offered to relocate workers to other facilities to continue work.