News Jr Propo Closing Their Doors?

Discussion in 'Industry News' started by The Informer, Dec 8, 2016.

By The Informer on Dec 8, 2016 at 9:02 AM
  1. The Informer

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    The informer spent 2 hours knocking on the door of JR in japan trying to get an interview in order to clarify a few issues regarding this recent announcement made by JR.

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    ( source http://www.jrpropo.com/english/news/contents.php?no=3537 )

    To all of our valued customers:

    We are contacting you today to share information regarding the recent changes at JR Propo. While we are sure you have already heard some information either from JR Propo, or various posts and rumors,we feel it is important as our valued customer that you hear the correct information, directly from JR Propo.

    We also realize that this communication should have been made sooner by us, but due to the many changes at JR, we are simply behind with this communication, and for that, we apologize.

    Supply (logistics and production)
    JR has made the decision to close our Japan factory at the end of July 2016, located in Matsusaka, and move production of these products to our more cost effective Sanei factory, located in Malaysia.

    Sanei has proven for many years to produce high quality JR products at reasonable cost, and since current production was far from 100%, it makes good business sense for JR to move all Propo production to Sanei.

    As for delivery of products, mainly for Japanese Domestic Market, JR is in the process of selecting an external logistics partner to handle shipment and delivery.

    JR regrets that these changes, although necessary, might cause some delays and inventory shortages until the Sanei factory, and our external logistics service is fully up to speed and operational.

    These transfers are scheduled to be completed by the end of September, barring any unforeseen problems or delays.

    JR thanks its customers for your patience during this transition, and we apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause.

    Development (Hobby and Industry)
    With the decline of the Radio Control Hobby market World Wide, and the need for JR to grow and regain sales, JR must temporarily focus our main effort towards the multi-purpose industrial helicopter market.

    While it is true that for now, JR must focus most of our efforts for new product development towards the industrial projects, this does not mean that JR is planning to leave the RC hobby market.

    Since JR is not a large company, our engineering staff and resources are somewhat limited, so our current engineers must give their main efforts to the industrial project to be successful.

    This of course means that there will be unfortunate delays in the development of new RC Hobby products, but we are sure that technologies learned during the industrial project will result in these technologies being applied to new JR RC Hobby products in the future.

    Through our expansion to the Industrial RC Market, JR will gain not only a financial benefit to make our company stronger, but also the new technologies that will enable us to also become stronger in the RC Hobby business in the future.

    Please know that JR will continue to produce and provide current RC Hobby items, and new product development will increase once the industrial project has been realized.

    Please also know that JR Propo’s foundation has been for the RC Hobby business for more than 40 years now, and JR is still committed to the RC Hobby business for the future as well.

    We do apologize to all of our loyal customers for temporary delays in supply and new product development, but we are confident that JR Propo will be much stronger and more capable company in the near future.

    Best Regards:
    Japan Remote Control Co.,Ltd.
     

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Discussion in 'Industry News' started by The Informer, Dec 8, 2016.

    1. Ant

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      Their top pilot, Ito Hiroki, has moved to SAB and, possibly, Futaba. I also heard via one of their sponsored pilots that their radio division will be closing in a couple of weeks.
       
    2. Ant

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      I now own a very expensive hanger queen. May soon be breaking for parts.
       
    3. smakmeharder

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      JR have been around for along time and made some top quality goods. By moving they are simply outsourcing the manufacturing. Usually after an outsource things will change - somewhere. weather its quality, features, material. So its not really saying they are going out of business - rather they are moving manufacturing. A sad day for the workers at JR and a sign of the times.
       
    4. HungryHungryHippos

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      I respect the people who run this forum for presenting factual information rather than rumours and speculation, which have been floating around on the internet.

      Although I have never owned a JR, I always had held them in very high regard.
       
    5. smakmeharder

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      JR would have to be one of the highest quality radios around @HungryHungryHippos . The build of the electronics and materials is much better than average. I doubt if an outsource operation could replicate their quality build. But if it keeps them in business then the outsource is probably worth it.
       
    6. HungryHungryHippos

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      This is what I liked about JR, not only do they make their own radios, and servo's but they have a complete helicopter line up. Gassers, nitro, all sized electrics 450's, 550's, 700's, 2 blades, 3 blades, 3D machines, F3C machines etc.

      The only reason why I have Hirobo machines instead of JR is simply because Perth has the Hirobo distributor.
       
    7. smakmeharder

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      And you raise another very very important point @HungryHungryHippos . It makes a big difference when you have your local heli shop providing support for your models - having the parts/kits on hand and having someone you can ring.
       

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