Having worked in the automotive industry the lack of the word Customer prior to order raises a question. At my monthly capacity planning meetings sales orders were separated out into, firm customer, dealer stock and internal sales orders. That told you the real state of demand against forecast, high internal sales did not take long to appear as a track stoppage or track slowdown.Wow !
AmenWe don't want to see a bike on a show stand, we want to see them on the road and in owners hands. Re-dressed bikes are not going to cut it it.
If they want to sell bikes, then let the owners sing their praises. For god sake just get on and make them, or put your hands up and admit this is as far as you can take Norton and let someone else with the billions carry on.
The current situation is an embarrassment, just what does an extant WUP and crowdfund request suggest after 10 years in business. Sell out and we can get these bikes in 24 months, otherwise it could be another 5 years.
You expect someone to place a deposit at a show for a JPS version, and come the date of next year's show they'll have no delivery date is shocking - the good thing is many potential owners are now a lot wiser and not taken in by the sales pitch.
If the new investor does take an acting interest, perhaps he’ll take up some of the offers of free consulting from manufacturing and engineering consultants that’s been repeatedly offered... and declined.
AnnouncementI just got an email from Norton that says:
“Following the private launch of Norton's Crowdcube campaign we have been approached by a single investor who has offered the whole funding amount, independently. This individual is already a fan of Norton and a motorcycle enthusiast, which means the brand and it's community are a focus. The goal of this single investor is to fulfil product pipeline orders and continue to grow the Norton brand“.
Come on then, own up, who’s coughed up the £5m...?